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Communities Key To Adaptation

Jan 8th, 2013 | By
CBA-Dr. Piyush Rautela




The Herald Online: Indigenous knowledge and active community participation will be critical in any strategy that seeks to deal effectively with the impacts of climate change in Zimbabwe. These are the findings from a report, “Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation in Zimbabwe”, released last month by the International Institute for Environment and Development. The

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GIZ’s Climate Related Publications

Jan 8th, 2013 | By
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Smart climate finance In order to achieve a 50 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, total financing to 2050 of around EUR 30 trillion will be required. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has concluded that a significant majority of this investment will need to come from the private sector. Public

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Pakistan Pushes Ahead On Climate Policy But Action Still Lags

Jan 7th, 2013 | By
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AlertNet: Pakistan faces a range of threatening climate change impacts: changing monsoon patterns, melting glaciers, seasonal flooding, rising sea levels, desertification and increasing water scarcity. How bad are things? For the past two years, Pakistan has topped the list of the Global Climate Risk Index produced by Germanwatch, a non-governmental organisation that works on global

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Nepal Government Publishes Plan For Assessment On Climate Change

Jan 7th, 2013 | By
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CDKN: The inception period of a CDKN supported project in Nepal has concluded with the Government of Nepal publishing an Inception Report and Implementation Plan for carrying out economic impact assessment of climate change in key sectors in Nepal. The project will provide headline and sectoral estimates of the impacts and economic costs of climate change for

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Scientists Report Climate Impact on Animals, Ecosystems

Jan 4th, 2013 | By
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Santiago: Animals and plants are moving up mountainsides seeking cooler temperatures. Some fish species have smaller ranges and less abundance. Other species are diminishing in their numbers, unable to adjust to climate change, with extinction being a possible outcome. These findings come from a wide-ranging study — Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity, Ecosystems and

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Global Temperature Goals Could Become Impossible With Climate Inaction, Study Finds

Jan 4th, 2013 | By
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Huffingtonpost: Delaying global action on climate change by 20 more years will put the goal of keeping the world relatively cool out of reach forever, no matter how much money humanity later spends to try to solve the problem, a new study finds. Since the 1990s, scientists and international negotiators have aimed to keep global

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Climatic Changes To Hit Pakistan Harder: Study

Jan 3rd, 2013 | By
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Dawn: As the Bay of Bengal is cooling down and the North Arabian Sea is warming up, the number of tropical cyclones has increased owing to the temperature shifting trend. Data collected from 56 meteorological stations in Pakistan shows a sharp rise in temperature during the first decade of the 21st century, except the year

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Gross National Happiness Grades Well Being

Jan 3rd, 2013 | By
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The Star Phonix: I had an opportunity to chat with David Suzuki last fall, and after we had commiserated awhile about how bad everything is, he told me the thing that gives him the most hope. It was Bhutan’s efforts to develop using Gross Domestic Happiness as its measure of well-being. Most countries, including Canada,

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Crop Yields Stall In China, India

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By
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SciDev.net: China and India, the world’s two most populous countries, are beset by stagnation in the production of staples like rice, wheat, soybean and maize (corn), says a new study on crop yield growth. Based on statistics from around the world during the 1951– 2008 period, the study ‘Recent patterns of crop yield growth and

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Impact of Snow And Glacier Melt On Water: EU HighNoon Project

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By
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Impact of snow and glacier melt on the water security of users of the Ganges, India Ewout Zwolsman, an MSc student from Wageningen University, assessed for the HighNoon project the contribution of snow- and ice melt to the water demand in the Ganges basin as part of his final Masters thesis. The first challenge was

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

Dec 28th, 2012 | By
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The Telegraph: The creator of the four billion pixel interactive image of Everest has warned that more must be done to tackle climate change in order to save world’s highest mountain. Since the image, made up of 477 individual photographs taken during the climbing season in spring 2012, went viral, David Breashears says he has

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In Bhutan, Conserving The Natural Environment And Biodiversity

Dec 27th, 2012 | By
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DipNote: Do you know which country’s constitution promises that a minimum of 60 percent its land area will be maintained as forest for all time? Which country’s government pledges to protect, conserve, and improve the pristine environment and safeguard the biodiversity of the country; prevent pollution and ecological degradation; secure ecologically balanced sustainable development while

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

Dec 27th, 2012 | By
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The Global Warming Policy Foundation: A Times of India article perpetrates a fraud on its readers. It takes estimates of deaths from forces of nature and then ascribes it not just to climate but to climate change. A misleading report in the Times of India, purportedly based on the Global Burden of Disease 2010 (GBD) study published last week in the Lancet,

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New Planning Tool For Climate Adaptation In Cities

Dec 27th, 2012 | By
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A changing climate places great pressure on society, and creates many new challenges. To make city planning easier, a planning tool has been developed to support climate adaptation of cities and regions in Europe. The European research project SUDPLAN, co-ordinated by SMHI, has developed a planning tool for climate adaptation of European cities and regions

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Doha COP 18, Global Warming and the Deepening Water Crisis in India

Dec 24th, 2012 | By
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Yale School of F&E: She’s welcome to stay for as long as she likes” my mother says when I ask her if I could bring a friend home to stay over for a few days “now we receive water supply everyday”, she adds triumphantly. Provision of water to households in Bangalore, India’s sixth largest city and my

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Met Office Says 2013 Likely To Be One Of Warmest Years On Record

Dec 24th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: Global temperatures are forecast to be 0.57C above the long-term average next year, making 2013 one of the warmest years on record, the Met Office said on Thursday. “It is very likely that 2013 will be one of the warmest 10 years in the record which goes back to 1850, and it is likely

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Yamuna Faces Catastrophe, Apex Court Told

Dec 21st, 2012 | By
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Times of India: The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought expert help from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) after being told by Central Pollution Control Board that despite Rs 5,000 crore spent to reduce pollution, the Yamuna was staring at a catastrophe as over 2,400 million litres of untreated sewage flowed into it every day.

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Nature Climate Change: Action By 2020 Key For Limiting Climate Change

Dec 20th, 2012 | By
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IIASA: Limiting climate change to target levels will become much more difficult to achieve, and more expensive, if action is not taken soon, according to a new analysis from IIASA, ETH Zurich, and NCAR. A new paper published today in Nature Climate Change  explores technological, policy, and social changes that would need to take place

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Scoping Assessment Of Knowledge Needs In Climate Change Adaptation In China

Dec 19th, 2012 | By
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ClimateAdaptAsia: This report scopes out knowledge gaps and unmet needs relating to climate change adaptation in China, and proposes ways to address them. It is the product of an international collaboration between Stockholm Environment Institute(SEI) Asia and Beijing Zhi Dao He Xie Management Consulting Co. Ltd., and their work with local and community development organisations.

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Effectiveness of Local-Level Adaptation to Climate Change: Case Studies

Dec 19th, 2012 | By
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ClimateAdaptAsia: Determinants and Effectiveness of Local-Level Adaptation to Climate Change: Case Studies of Two Bangladesh ministries, including the ministries of agriculture, environment and forest, water, health, rural development, food and disaster management, children and women affairs, relevant departments and NGOs have been implementing a number of local level adaptation (LLA) projects with their limited resources

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Climate Change: Tourism’s Roles in Promoting Climate Action

Dec 19th, 2012 | By
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TIES: The UN Climate Change Conference (COP18) in Qatar starts today, and in the next two weeks discussions will be held to assess progress in dealing with climate change. The UN climate talks shed light to the urgent needs for bold climate action, and this is a perfect time for all of us in the

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Loss And Damage: Doha Deal Signals Adaptation Is Not Enough

Dec 18th, 2012 | By
Typhoon Bopha slammed into the Philippines during the COP18 climate change talks in Doha. (Flickr/Greenpeace Southeast Asia)




RTCC: Much has been written about the inadequacies of the Doha Gateway – the outcome of COP18. Once again, decisions do not reflect the science of climate change, which says action is urgent and time is running out. And once again, financial pledges fell far short of documented needs, both for mitigation and adaptation. Yet

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Action by 2020 Key For Limiting Climate Change

Dec 18th, 2012 | By
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Science Daily: Limiting climate change to target levels will become much more difficult to achieve, and more expensive, if action is not taken soon, according to a new analysis from IIASA, ETH Zurich, and NCAR. The new paper, published today in Nature Climate Change, explores technological, policy, and social changes that would need to take

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How Climate Change Affects Indian Political Stability

Dec 17th, 2012 | By
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In July, The Economist published a piece describing the effects of climate change in India and discovered two prevailing trends: first, India is getting warmer, and second, the summer monsoons are coming later and later in the year. Time Magazine recently looked into the phenomenon and found that India’s energy supply and distribution problems may

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Scientist Suggests Refreezing The Arctic To Stop Global Warming

Dec 14th, 2012 | By
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Times of India: A US scientist has offered a radical solution to global warming by suggesting that we could refreeze the Arctic using a few modified jets. David Keith, professor of applied physics at Harvard University, used climate models to suggest that injecting reflective particles into the atmosphere could reduce the amount of sunlight reaching

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Exposed To Global Warming: North East India

Dec 14th, 2012 | By
Children braving the Monsoon rain in Sikkim’s Himalayan mountains. © Joydip Mitra/Lineair




Dandc.eu: India is expected to feel severe impacts of climate change. The country’s northeastern region, for instance, is highly vulnerable. Anticipated impacts include melting of glaciers, more floods and extended droughts. At the same time, the region’s natural resources are under enormous pressure due to population growth and rising prosperity. Germany’s KfW Development Bank has

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Asia Must Wake Up To The Reality Of Climate Change

Dec 13th, 2012 | By
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Canberratimes: Doha’s failure shows they must develop their own solutions, writes William Pesek New York’s brush with developing-nation status is an even bigger warning for Asia than it is for the United States.The city could be excused for wondering if it had suddenly been transported to Bangladesh in October. The deadly floods and crippling power

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Global Trends 2030 Predicts Water Struggles And Climate Change Challenges

Dec 13th, 2012 | By
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Huffingtonpost: The United States could see its standing as a superpower eroded and Asian economies will outstrip those of North America and Europe combined by 2030, according to the best guess of the U.S. intelligence community in its latest forecast. “The spectacular rise of Asian economies is dramatically altering … U.S. influence,” said Christopher Kojm,

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Reviewing Partners Role In Sustainable Mountain Development

Dec 12th, 2012 | By
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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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Doha Climate Conference Closes on ‘Weak Deal’

Dec 11th, 2012 | By
Activists march to demand action on climate change during the UN's 18th climate change conference in Doha, Qatar. photograph: mohammed dabbous/reuters




Irishtimes: Doha climate conference closes on ‘weak deal’ unlikely to stem emissions. After marathon negotiations at the weekend, the UN’s 18th conference on climate change in Doha, Qatar, finally produced an agreement that would see the Kyoto Protocol continuing for a further seven years. But the deal was denounced by climate activists as inadequate to

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1990 IPCC Report Successfully Predicted Warming, New Study Shows

Dec 11th, 2012 | By
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Huffingtonpost: Time has proven that even 22 years ago climate scientists understood the dynamics behind global warming well enough to accurately predict warming, says an analysis that compares predictions in 1990 with 20 years of temperature records. After an adjustment to account for natural fluctuations, the predictions and the observed increases matched up, the current

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Nepal: Turn On The Heat

Dec 10th, 2012 | By
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My Republica: The lead up to this year’s UN Conference on Climate Change was pretty bland. The meetings got underway in Doha on November 26 without the prelude of the picturesque Cabinet meetings near the top of world. In the lead up to the annual UN Conference on Climate Change three years ago, Nepal’s government

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Greater Ambition And Action On Climate Change-Doha’s Final Text

Dec 10th, 2012 | By
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UNFCCC: Countries have successfully launched a new commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, agreed a firm timetable to adopt a universal climate agreement by 2015 and agreed a path to raise necessary ambition to respond to climate change. They also endorsed the completion of new institutions and agreed ways and means to deliver scaled-up climate

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Climate Change: Is It In Our Hands?

Dec 7th, 2012 | By
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PTI/Rediff: Climate negotiators from 200 nations are currently locked in bitter and acrimonious discussions in an 11-day long conference being held in Doha, writes Rajni Bakshi. A report about rich countries cheating poor countries of about $30 billion in climate funds made headlines last week. Research by Oxfam, an international NGO, has shown that countries

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Flood Of Protest Hits Indian Dams

Dec 6th, 2012 | By
India’s hydroelectric projects, such as this dam on the River Teesta, are raising environmental concerns. DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/GETTY




Nature: Himalayan plans pose ecological threat, researchers warn. The days when the gigantic Indian rivers — the Ganges, Indus and Brahmaputra — roar freely down the steep slopes of the Himalayas may be numbered. Roughly 300 dams are proposed or under construction in the deeply cut valleys of India’s mountainous north, part of a massive

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Climate Change: Agriculture Takes A Backseat Again

Dec 6th, 2012 | By
Climate change activists with banners greet negotiators on their way for the second week of climate change talks at COP18 in Doha. Photo: Jaspreet Kindra/IRIN




IRIN: Discussions about much-needed support for agriculture – which is seen both as a victim and a cause of climate change – at the UN’s climate change conference in Doha have been postponed until next year. Agriculture is a contentious and emotionally fraught issue. It results in the emission of major greenhouses gases, such as

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Climate Change Impacts On Mountains: Time For Action Now

Dec 6th, 2012 | By
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MP Press Release: Mainstreaming Rio+20 outcomes in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes for prosperous, resilient, and sustainable mountain ecosystems and communities” was held in Doha, Qatar, on 3 December 2012, on the sidelines of the 2012 UN Climate Change Conference.   The strong negative impact of climate change on the life

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Climate Forecasts Boosted West African Floods Response

Dec 5th, 2012 | By
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Scidev.net: Climate forecasting in an early-warning strategy led to fewer deaths and more efficient disaster management for floods that took place in West Africa in 2008, a study reports. It was the first time seasonal climate data in an ‘early warning, early action’ (EWEA) system had been deployed for flood response in the region, enabling

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Climate Change: Dealing With Loss And Damage

Dec 4th, 2012 | By
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IRIN: In a formal letter to Qatar – host of the 18th conference of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – a coalition of 40 NGOs, backed by academics, has called for urgent action on loss and damage caused by climate change. The NGOs have drawn up a framework to

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A Conversation With: India’s Chief Climate Change Negotiator

Dec 4th, 2012 | By
India’s chief climate change negotiator, Meera Mehrishi. Photo: Betwa Sharma




The NewYork Times: With one week left for the U.N. climate change talks to conclude, developed and developing countries remain at odds on how to solve the crisis being linked to the recent spate of extreme weather events that have claimed lives and destroyed property worth billions of dollar. India has agreed to a take

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Climate Himalaya Wins Prestigious Manthan eNGO Challenge Award 2012

Dec 3rd, 2012 | By
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Climate Himalaya, an initiative of Prakriti group wins prestigious Manthan eNGO Challenge Award for its outreach knowledge networking work on climate adaptation and mountain development issues in Himalayan region. Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid was also present during the award ceremony at New Delhi, India. The eNGO Challenge aspires to create an ecosystem of

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Global Water Crisis: Seen From The First Himalayan Glacial Trickle

Dec 3rd, 2012 | By
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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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Why Climate Change Is Not An Issue With Muslim Preachers

Dec 2nd, 2012 | By
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Dunya News: At Friday prayers in Qatar s most popular mosque, the imam discussed the civil war in Syria, the unrest in Egypt and the UN endorsement of an independent state of Palestine. Not a word about climate change, even though the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar is hosting a UN conference where nearly 200 countries

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Information Is Power, But Is it Powerful Enough to Halt Climate Change?

Dec 2nd, 2012 | By
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Huffingtonpost: In a world where almost one billion people are chronically hungry and the current and future state of food security is beset by challenges such as climate change, knowledge and information are powerful. Powerful in terms of understanding the problems, in terms of deriving solutions and in terms of advocating where, how and when

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How Climate Change is Affecting the Children of Bhutan

Nov 30th, 2012 | By
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Huffingtonpost: Growing up in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, I would often see crows perched on nearby trees and on the rooftops of our homes. We would chase them as they tried to pick up food that was kept to dry out in the sun. Ten years on, it has become rare to hear the

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Mountain Day At Doha

Nov 30th, 2012 | By
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ICIMOD: Mountain Day is organized each year during the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to: Bring attention to the vulnerability of mountain ecosystems and mountain people to climate change impacts and discuss the options for adaptation and resilience building; Promote better understanding of the role

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Pakistan Ranks Third In Climate-Risk Index 2013

Nov 29th, 2012 | By
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  Pakistan Today: Despite severe flooding in 2011, Pakistan managed to drop itself from first last year, to third position this year in the league table for countries that were worst hit by extreme weather events in 2011, according to a ‘climate risk index 2013’ published here on Tuesday. In 2011, the ranking of the

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Space Age Science Used To Help Sustain Earth

Nov 29th, 2012 | By
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CoP18: Technology used to search for water on Mars is being used to search for reserves. Space technology that was used to search for water on Mars is now being used closer to home. The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and NASA have used equipment designed to search for signs of life on Mars to

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Climate Change Talks: What Are The Goals In Qatar

Nov 27th, 2012 | By
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the opening session of the climate change conference in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)




The Christian Science Monitor: UN talks for a new pact to curb greenhouse emissions and slow climate change are underway in Qatar. Negotiators hope to extend the Kyoto Protocol. The concentration of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide has jumped 20 percent since 2000, according to a U.N. report released last week. United Nations talks

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The Planet’s Thermostat Moves To Doha

Nov 27th, 2012 | By
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IPS: Qatar, a major oil-producing country, is hosting the latest round of UN climate talks, where the world’s countries will need to negotiate measurable targets to keep global warming under control. The upcoming United Nations climate talks may have a renewed sense of urgency with a new World Bank report warning that the planet is

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Strengthening Disaster Risk Reduction In CCA At COP18

Nov 26th, 2012 | By
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UNISDR: This paper provides key messages on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction with the intent of strengthening disaster risk reduction in key climate change adaptation agendas at the UNFCCC COP18. Previous COPs have adopted a number of decisions linking disaster risk reduction to climate change adaptation. These decisions include the Adaptation Committee and

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Bhutanese Delegation Ready For The 2012 UN Climate Change Conference

Nov 26th, 2012 | By
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The Bhutanese: One of the key issues to be considered during the Doha Climate Change Conference is the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, which sets binding obligations on industrialized countries as the foundation for any future climate regimes. The first commitment periods of the Kyoto Protocol is scheduled to expire at the end

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Polluted Ganges A Major Source Of Cancer In India

Nov 26th, 2012 | By
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Ganga is considered the sacred river and the deep bond that the people of India share with this spiritual entity is immense. Now this bond is making many pay a high price, after being diagnosed with cancer. The river was placed on the list of five most polluted rivers back in 2007. Adding to the

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Data Gaps Hamper Disaster Risk Reduction

Nov 23rd, 2012 | By
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Scidev.net: Reducing risks and losses from natural disasters calls for collaboration between social and natural scientists, who in turn must work with policy makers, communities and development groups, an international expert has said. For example, Bangladesh scientists had forecast the current devastating floods but local communities did not heed their warnings. In the 2010 Pakistan

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India’s Nexus Between Resources, Climate Change – And Stability

Nov 22nd, 2012 | By
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NATO Review Magazine: Few would predict that growing populations, decreasing resources and climate change will have an effect on security. But what could they be? And how will they affect heavily-populated areas of the world? Michael Kugelman looks at the potential changes for South Asia in general, and India in particular. Few regions are more

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The Latest Predictions On Climate Change Should Shock Us Into Action

Nov 21st, 2012 | By
A villager walks next to a dried Amrapur branch canal near Santalpur village in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Photograph: Ahmad Masood/Reuters




Guardian: A world four degrees warmer could be too hot to handle, but the exciting prospect of low-carbon living could stop it happening. The question about climate change is no longer whether it is real. The question is what the world is going to look like for our children as they grow up. I have

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The Rivers and Glaciers In Himalaya: Glacier Works

Nov 21st, 2012 | By
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“Once that drop was ice among the great peaks whence the river came; that very same drop may be one of the snow flakes which perhaps a hundred years ago alighted on the highest point of the valley, on the divide of the Zarafshan Pass, fifteen thousand feet above the plain. This is the end,

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Glacial-Paced UN Climate Talks Need Overhaul-Researchers

Nov 21st, 2012 | By
Vehicles are seen in a traffic jam at Doha's corniche on February 15, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous




Alertnet: Nations working on a deal to fight climate change should cap the size of delegations and use majority voting to overhaul negotiating rules that stifle progress and harm the interests of the poorest nations, researchers said on Sunday. Almost 200 nations will meet in Doha, Qatar, from Nov. 26 to Dec. 7 to try

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Watching Global Warming From The Roof Of The World

Nov 20th, 2012 | By
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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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Nepal Prepares For CoP 18: A Consultation Workshop

Nov 19th, 2012 | By
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CNN: Government of Nepal, Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology in collaboration with Climate Change Network Nepal/Clean Energy Nepal organized a consultation workshop on “Nepal’s Preparation for COP 18” at Lalitpur on November 12, 2012. The aim of the workshop was to share the issues to be considered in COP 18 to the concerned stakeholders

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