Revisiting Mountain Perspective: Reasons And Challenges

Jan 19th, 2015 | By
Van Mundoli in Chamoli-Photo Samvedi Dehradun-1

K N Vajpai: This article is in the series of responses to an article on ‘Mountain Perspective’ at Link. It looks in to the aspects of mountain perspective and specificities as mentioned by Dr. N. S. Jodha during 1992s, and compares them in present  context. However, there are a number of doubts upon the relevance

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Up and About: A Tourist Destination That Does not Pinch the Pocket

Nov 17th, 2014 | By

Tourists from the city who have dreamt of travelling to international destinations at Indian rates might just have gotten lucky. Bhutan fulfils the criterion. Tucked amidst the tall peaks of the Himalayas, Bhutan has been rated the ‘happiest country’ according to the World Happiness Report 2013, and it seems to be spreading happiness to cost-conscious

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Kerala Wins UN Award for Sustainable Tourism

Jan 23rd, 2014 | By

Kerala Tourism has been conferred the United Nations Award for creating innovative initiatives for sustainable tourism, the first time India has ever won the recognition. The state lifted the coveted honour for its sustainable development initiative in the world renowned backwater resort of Kumarakom, a Kerala tourism release said today. Kerala Tourism bagged the honour

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UNESCO & UNWTO Work Together to Promote Sustainable Tourism

Dec 5th, 2013 | By

Climate Action Programme: The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) are collaborating to promote sustainable tourism and protect heritage sites. The two agencies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which will address the safeguarding of natural and cultural heritage and combine efforts on national, regional

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Focus On Migration: Slow Down Himalayan Construction

Sep 9th, 2013 | By

Last month, India launched a satellite [1], INSAT 3D, that aims to improve early warnings of extreme weather events — such as the devastating floods and landslides that hit the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in June — and aid search and rescue. Such a satellite could help mitigate future disasters. But along with technological improvements,

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Kedarnath Disaster: Facts And Plausible Causes

Jul 30th, 2013 | By
Chorabari disaster

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

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Sustainable Tourism Strategy In Carpathians

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
Carpathian mountains

MP: The development of a strategy focusing on sustainable tourism development is under way in the countries of the Carpathian Mountains – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Ukraine. Consultations are planned with representatives from governments, tourism agencies and NGOs along with a series of stakeholder meetings and national consultations and 14

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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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Inequality Climate Change Threaten Historic Gains: HDR 2013

Mar 21st, 2013 | By

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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Mongolia Named As Global Host of World Environment Day 2013

Feb 28th, 2013 | By
Herdsmen drive cattle through Western Monglia. The government suspended mining licenses to protect the traditional nomadic lifestyle. Credit: Shutterstock -

WED celebrations began in 1972 and have grown to become the one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action. Mongolia, which is prioritizing a Green Economy shift across its big economic sectors such as mining and promoting environmental awareness among  youth, is

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Calls On World’s Youth To Take Lead On Global Issues

Feb 28th, 2013 | By
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses youth event at the Fifth Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, in Vienna, Austria. Photo: UNIS Vienna

The world’s youth must take the helm in steering the international community through its turbulent period of economic and political transition and towards a more “prosperous, equitable and peaceful future,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged today, adding that the United Nations was increasing its focus on global youth action to support this cause. Speaking at a

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Social Innovation: Organic Farming, Climate Change and Bhutan

Feb 25th, 2013 | By

Justmean: Over the next 50 years, we will need to face global food and farming realities. We will need to meet the challenges of providing better nutrition for more people in spite of rapid environmental change while cutting back our overuse of natural resources, ecosystems and the climate. All this calls for social innovation in

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Bhutan: The Last Shangri-la

Feb 18th, 2013 | By

The Nation: With the visit of Crown Prince Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan to Thailand in June 2006 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of His Majesty the King, the Thais suddenly became aware of their fascinating neighbour to the northwest and its “Prince Charming” who became an instant fan of a legion of Thai

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Impact of Climate Change On Biodiversity Of Gilgit Baltistan

Feb 13th, 2013 | By

Heavengb: Climate is not a stationary phenomenon, it varies from time to time. It is a product of weather which always experiences variations over space and time (Rasul, 2012). Climate change is resulting from a growing concentration of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) and uses of fossil fuels and other anthropogenic activities has become a major worldwide

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Damning Truths From New Study

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
India’s hydroelectric projects, such as this dam on the River Teesta, are raising environmental concerns. DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/GETTY

Sevensisterspost: A new study has confirmed the worst fears of Assam’s anti-dam activists who are opposed to building mega hydel projects in the highly-seismic Northeast, known for its rich biodiversity. Unprecedented dam building in the Indian Himalayas holds serious consequences for biodiversity and could pose a threat to human lives and livelihoods, a team of

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Climate Conversations – Low carbon Resilience – Clever Idea Or Climate Panacea?

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
China's population are set to become the world's biggest per capita polluters Photo: Global Warming Images / Alamy

Alertnet: Instead of talking about climate change mitigation or climate change adaptation, developed and developing national governments – including Laos, Cambodia, Rwanda, Afghanistan and Nepal – are making plans to simultaneously reduce carbon emissions and build up resilience to the impacts of climate change. Eight of the least developed countries (LDCs) have developed some kind

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Flaw Of Big Aid

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
ICIMOD's Office in Kathmandu Nepal

The James Rinaldi article ‘Flaw of Big Aid’ raises questions about the efficiency and honesty of aid money pouring into mountain countries like Nepal, which, some feel, has been turned into a political playground by powerful neighbours in the north and the south and a holiday destination by far away interests in the west and

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Climate Change Impacts On Glacier Hydrology and River Discharge In HKH

Jan 11th, 2013 | By
HKH photo

MRD Journal: Rising temperatures and changing precipitation patterns across the Hindu Kush–Himalaya (HKH) region resulting from climate change have an influence on water resource availability and food security for the downstream population. This review seeks to objectively assess the available evidence of the impacts of climate change on glacier hydrology and the wider implications upon

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Doha Climate Change Conference Another Lost Opportunity To Enhance Ambition

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By

Nations: Global climate change regime evolved out of the Earth Summit of 1992, which gave birth to three conventions including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Since then 195 countries have become parties to the Convention including Pakistan that ratified the Convention in 1994. Parties to the Convention have met eighteen times

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Climate Change and Tourism

Dec 18th, 2012 | By
Climate change and tourism

The contribution of tourism to climate change, and the likely consequences of climate change for key tourist destinations, has been well reported and discussed. Yet, there is a lack of evidence-based systematic practical advice as to how the tourism industry should respond to the challenge of climate change. Building on a sound conceptual understanding of

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Reviewing Partners Role In Sustainable Mountain Development

Dec 12th, 2012 | By
MP Taskforce meet

MP: The Mountain Partnership is a United Nations voluntary alliance of partners dedicated to improving the lives of mountain people and protecting mountain environments around the world.  The Task Force meeting took place in the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs during 29-31 October 2012 of Mountain Partnership that is coordinated UN’s FAO based in Rome,

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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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Watching Global Warming From The Roof Of The World

Nov 20th, 2012 | By
Crossing the plateau - (copyright Marc Foggin/ Plateau Perspectives)

Worldcrunch: Sometimes described as the engine of the global climate system because of its role in climate and water systems, the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in western China, with its fragile and sensitive ecosystem, is considered a “canary-in-the-mine” for global climate change. The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, also called the Tibetan Plateau, covers about 25% of China’s surface area

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Project Affected Population And Livelihood Issues In Indian Himalayan Region

Nov 13th, 2012 | By
The water at THDP

Taylor Wilmot: In the twentieth century big dams and other development projects were often associated with progress and prosperous economic development for many countries, including India (Khagram, 2005). Dam development projects entice governments with the promise of hydroelectricity, irrigation, and drinking water for their growing populations. They represent an abundant resource to developing countries (Khagram,

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Integrated Power Policy-A People Centric Framework For India

Nov 8th, 2012 | By
Dr. Shankar Sharma

Mr. Shankar Sharma: Energy has become a crucial part of the modern society, so much so that per capita availability of energy is considered as an indicator of Human Development. However, the social, economic and environmental impacts of demand/supply of energy are so great that only a holistic and objective consideration of all the related

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Mountain Prospects

Nov 7th, 2012 | By

Sunstar/MP: I wish I could call it bringing home the bacon. Maybe it is, if we call prospects of projects becoming reality the promise of becoming bacon. What has my Rome trip to meet with my Mountain Partnership colleagues from Switzerland, the European Union, EU and Russia, North America, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia

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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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Environmentally Correct: Nepal

Oct 11th, 2012 | By

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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Climate Change, Tourism Threatening Yunnan’s Mountains

Oct 10th, 2012 | By
Asia one-meilisnowmountains

Asia One News: A combination of climate change and booming tourism could cause famous mountain spots in Southwest China’s Yunnan province to lose their snow, authorities and experts have warned. Rising temperatures in recent years have steadily pushed the snow line on Meili Snow Mountain in the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture to higher altitudes. Mingyong

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Building Resilience To Disaster In Western Balkans and Turkey

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
Kackar mountain turkey

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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Govt Starts ADS Consultation‚ To Be Launched Next Year

Sep 18th, 2012 | By

The Himalayan times: The government has started consultation for the planned Agricultural Development Strategy (ADS). “The strategy study has identified potential for the country’s agriculture sector to achieve higher productivity, competitiveness, inclusiveness, and sustainability while making it more resilient to climate change impacts,” said ADB’s country director for Nepal Kenichi Yokoyama during a workshop to

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Mountain Guides Face Climate Change Head On

Aug 29th, 2012 | By

Swissinfo: Rising temperatures, melting glaciers and thawing permafrost: the Swiss Alps are hard hit by the changing climate. A fact of life for the people who work there, mountain guides are doing what they can to adapt to the evolving environment. When mountain guide Walter von Ballmoos led a small group south of the Swiss

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Climate Change Threatens Botswana’s Main Tourist Attraction

Jun 26th, 2012 | By

SciDevnet: Botswana urgently needs policies to facilitate climate change adaptation to protect the Okavango Delta, the country’s most lucrative tourist attraction, according to a new study.   Recent statistics from the Bank of Botswana show that tourism is the country’s second largest source of income, contributing US$753 million to GDP in 2011. The Delta is

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Pollution In Paradise

May 31st, 2012 | By

Chinadialogue: The idyll of Kashmir is ill prepared for an influx of tourists, writes Athar Parvaiz from north-east India. Environmentalists fear the features that attract visitors could prove the region’s undoing. India’s seventeenth century Moghul emperor Jahangir is probably best known for his comment on the valley of Kashmir: “If there is paradise on earth,

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Reviving the Valley

May 17th, 2012 | By

Chinadialogue: Tourism offers an opportunity to rebuild the local economy of Pakistan’s Swat Valley, ravaged by conflicts and floods. But can it also restore its rivers and forests? Rina Saeed Khan reports. For years, Pakistan’s former princely state of Swat, famous for its fruit orchards, snow-clad mountains, Buddhist stupas and trout-filled rivers, was a popular

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Bhutan Sends A Message On Sustainable Tourism

May 8th, 2012 | By

Bangkok Post: Mountain kingdom has inspired choice for conference on sustainable tourism. Few people would have pictured Bhutan as the site of an event staged by a large mainstream tourism organisation, given the mountain kingdom’s zealous attempts to guard against being overwhelmed by the outside world. But the choice of the picturesque town of Paro

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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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Andes To Amazon Rainforest: Peru Educational Journey

Apr 20th, 2012 | By

International Eco-tourism Society: Peru is so much more than its well-known lost city of Machu Picchu. A large part of the country’s territory lies within the Amazon basin rainforest east of the Andes. With the goal of highlighting educational experiences, the 18-day journey “From the Andes to the Amazon“, by Worldwide Ecotours and InkaNatura Travel

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On The Delicate Environment-Faith Conflict

Apr 11th, 2012 | By

Kashmir Life (Srinagar, India): Tonnes of trash dumped in Indian Kashmir during an annual religious pilgrimage pose a serious threat to the region’s water supplies and flora, environmental groups warn. The trash is dumped during an annual trek to a shrine in the Amarnath cave, 3,800 meters (12,800 feet) up in the Himalayas, which is

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The Mother of All Treks And Climate Change

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By

Hindustan Times: Nepal is known for its beautiful and challenging treks like the one to the Everest Base Camp and attracts thousands of adventure seekers from across the globe every year. But a new one hopes to test both skill and endurance limits of even the most diehard trekkers. Nepal’s prominent mountaineers will embark on

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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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Inviting Suggestions: Working Group on Mountain Ecosystems, India

Nov 17th, 2011 | By

This is in continuation to our previous posting (Link: ) on requesting suggestions as sought by the ‘Working Group on Mountain Ecosystems and Challenges faced by the Mountain People’ which met on 28th October 2011. This Group has officially asked suggestions from the state governments of all 12 Indian Mountain state, while we are

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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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How should society pay for services ecosystems provide?

Nov 15th, 2011 | By
Ecosystem Services

University of Minnesota: Over the past 50 years, 60 percent of all ecosystem services have declined as a direct result of the conversion of land to the production of foods, fuels and fibers. This should come as no surprise, say seven of the world’s leading environmental scientists, who met to collectively study the pitfalls of

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Darjeeling – The Fallen Queen

Nov 14th, 2011 | By

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

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Conference Brings Attention to Himalayan Climate Threat

Nov 11th, 2011 | By
Taboche Peak Nepal_2007

WorldWatch: Scientists, policymakers, and community representatives from across South Asia met earlier this month to discuss the many threats that climate change poses to the continent’s Greater Himalayan region. Across Nepal and Tibet, average temperatures have been up to six times warmer in the mountains than in the plains, triggering changes in regional weather patterns.

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Climate-Vulnerable Nepal to benefit from ambitious new initiative

Nov 9th, 2011 | By
Women cutting grass. The grasslands are managed by the Community Co-ordination Forest Committee (CFCC). The land was previously grazed on, leaving it barren and bereft of life. Through sustainable management the area has now been regenerated. The CFCC was established with the help of WWF and allows communities to manage their own forests/grasslands in a sustainable manner. Khata, Royal Bardia National Park buffer zone, western Terai, Nepal.

WWF-Nepal: A five-year program to reduce the adverse impacts of climate change and threats to biodiversity in Nepal, was officially launched at a ceremony in Kathmandu on 8 Nov 2011. The Hariyo Ban program is a new investment in biodiversity conservation in Nepal, funded by the US Agency for International Development​ (USAID). The program will

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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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Working Group on Indian Mountain Ecosystem Meets- Suggestions Invited

Nov 5th, 2011 | By
Dr. Sati2

The minutes of First meeting of the Working Group on “Mountain Eco-systems and Challenges Faced by the People living in the Hilly Areas” for formulation of the 12th Five year Plan” is given below, that was held on 28 October 2011 at Yojana Bhavan in New Delhi. It was chaired by Shri B.K. Chaturvedi, Member,

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Recommendations for Working group on Indian Mountains: Suggestions Invited

Oct 24th, 2011 | By
Piyush Rautela

Following is a letter from one of the members of the ‘Working Group constituted by Planning Commission of India’ for the Mountains of India’s 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017). It contains the brief about the working group and its terms of references. The  first meeting the working group is scheduled on 28th October 2011, so

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Mountains for the World: Call for Action

Oct 19th, 2011 | By
lacern conferece

Mountain Partnership: Mountains are vital for sustainable development and human wellbeing. More than half of the earth’s population depends on fresh water coming from mountains. Mountains also provide a number of important global goods and key services which are under increasing pressure from globalization and climate change. Following the invitation of the Swiss Agency for

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Environmentalists call for toilets on Everest

Oct 14th, 2011 | By
Everest Photo Mailonline

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

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Pakistan’s Flood Redux: Need for Institutional Disaster Preparedness

Oct 3rd, 2011 | By

IDSA: Institutions are often assessed on the basis of their response to crises. The unfolding flood crisis in Sindh draws attention to the state of institutional response to disasters in Pakistan. Ms. Maurvi Memon, a former PML-Q legislator, has alleged that the flood crisis in Sindh was manmade and that the Meteorological Department and Climate

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Earthquakes: Valley Faces Shaky Future

Sep 30th, 2011 | By
Figure above shows locations of major events along the Himalayan arc. The pink areas are the rupture zones of damaging earthquakes (magnitudes 7.3-8.6) in the past two centuries, and the grey areas are the inferred enormous rupture zones of Medieval megaquakes.

Kashmir Observer: Estimates of the magnitudes of past seismic events foretell a very shaky future for this pastoral Valley writes Dr Afroz Ahmad Shah. The earthquake studies in the state of Jammu of Kashmir, and primarily in the valley is still quite juvenile. Any kind of conclusion or opinion at this point of time will

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Mountain Environment and Human Security Concerns

Sep 29th, 2011 | By

Vimal Khawas: Mountains form one of the most important bio-geographical resource zones of the world. They are remote areas covering 52 per cent of Asia, 36 percent of North America, 25 per cent of Europe, 22 per cent of South America, 17 per cent of Australia, and 3 per cent of Africa making up, in

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A Dangerous Flood is Coming

Sep 28th, 2011 | By
Kashmir Life Photo

KashmirLife: Week the rains stopped just before the water could spill over the banks of  river Jhelum and flood Kashmir. But we are facing the danger of a devastating flood. Can Kashmir save itself? A Kashmir Life report. Given the behavior of the Jhelum river, hydrologists and engineers at the Irrigation and Flood Control would

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Climate change may leave Mount Everest ascent ice-free, say climbers

Sep 27th, 2011 | By
Climate change may soon leave Mount Everest a rock climb, rather than an ice climb, experts suggest. Photograph: Steve Satushek/Getty Images

Guardian: Mission launched to measure change in Himalayas as anecdotal evidence grows of melting ice on mountain’s southern approach. Climbers and custodians of Everest say that rapid climate change could soon make for an ice-free ascent of the world’s tallest mountain. Their warning comes come amid a new international effort to gauge the effects of

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

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

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

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A Sherpa’s View of the Melting of the Himalayan Glaciers

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By
Namche Bazaar, Nepal Source: Wikipedia

The NewYork Times: At 79, he is the last man living among the 103 guides who accompanied the famous mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary on the first successful 1953 expedition to Everest. Come peak tourist season in this ancient village of Internet cafes, Nepali crafts and gear shops that serves as the gateway to Mount Everest

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