Posts Tagged ‘ Climate change ’

Mountain Agro-Ecosystem: Traditional Science to Cost Effective Solution

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

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Himalaya: Mountains Of Life

Mar 15th, 2013 | By
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PR Web: University of Massachusetts Boston professor and leading conservation biologist Kamal Bawa and conservation photographer Sandesh Kadur announce the release of their book Himalaya: Mountains of Life. Five years in the making, the book focuses on the Eastern Himalaya—the first time the region’s threatened biodiversity and cultures have been documented together by a preeminent

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International Climate Finance

Mar 11th, 2013 | By
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The book is the first to provide a complete overview of international climate finance. In the Copenhagen Accord of 2009, developed countries jointly committed to mobilize US$100 billion per year to address climate change in developing countries. The book presents the best information available on this subject: an overview of current international climate finance, estimates

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

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

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Arunachal Apples Losing Taste Due To Climate Change

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

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Case Studies On Flash Flood Risk Management In The Himalayas

Feb 21st, 2013 | By
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ICIMOD: The Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) is a mountain system of extremes with great influence over the Asian continent. The system stretches 3,500 km over eight countries, from Afghanistan in the west to Myanmar in the east. It is the world’s largest and highest mountain system, with more than 30 peaks measuring over 7,600 m.

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The GLOBE Climate Legislation Study

Feb 21st, 2013 | By
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The GLOBE Climate Legislation Study THIRD EDITION. A Review of Climate Change Legislation in 33 Countries. On 14 January 2013 the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE International) released the 3rd Climate Legislation Study – produced in partnership with the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. This is the most comprehensive research project that

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Disasters In Mountains: Increasing Catastrophes In Indian Himalayas (Video)

Feb 12th, 2013 | By
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CHI: In recent disasters in Indian Himalayan region we lost many human lives, livestock population, agriculture land, livelihood opportunities and huge infrastructure overnight.  The most affected states due to these calamities in India are Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Sikkim and part of West Bengal. The flood in Kosi and Indus basins in Nepal and Pakistan

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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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Bits and pieces 10: Global Warming in Pictures

Mar 26th, 2012 | By
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J.C.Moore: Science is about using observation and reason to understand the physical world. Some people are suspicious of computer models and theories; so here is some of the the basic data in pictures and graphs. Ice core data gives a good picture of what has happened to the Earth in the last several ice ages. Please

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How Safe Are The Safeguards? Durban Highlights

Dec 1st, 2011 | By
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Durban Post: Dr. C. S. Silori* writing from Durban on Day-II & III, 29-30 November 2011 I had promised to come back, and here I am again with a short report of what happened on day 3 of the ongoing conference of the parties (COP 17) in Durban. It was a hectic day, as I

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Solar Innovations In India: Making A Cut With The Momentum For Change Initiative?

Nov 28th, 2011 | By
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Suman K A: The UNFCCC Secretariat in partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will create a series of platforms to encourage adaptation and mitigation projects that have promise to deliver high resilience and low carbon growth. This will be done through the Momentum for Change Initiative to be launched in Durban at CoP17. The

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New Release Of Climate Emails

Nov 23rd, 2011 | By
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BBC: A new batch of emails and other documents from the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) Climatic Research Unit has been released on the internet. There are more than 5,000 emails, while other documents include working papers relating to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). A similar release in 2009 triggered the “ClimateGate” affair

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Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme-HICAP

Nov 22nd, 2011 | By
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The Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region is highly dynamic as there are many socioeconomic and environmental drivers of change at play, including climate change. The impacts of these changes challenge the resilience of natural and human capacities and environments in the region. Climate change is believed to contribute to extreme weather events and possibly to increase

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Do The Upcoming Climate Talks In Durban Really Matter?

Nov 22nd, 2011 | By
Durban in South Africa, the site for the next round of climate talks that take place in December. Photograph: Fridmar Damm/Corbis




Guardian: While government leadership is unlikely to be strong, companies are taking the lead and there is a serious business agenda. A dim light is shining on Durban: what does this mean for the climate talks? After a hectic year of meetings in three continents and soon in Africa, the annual climate platform is attracting

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Painting A Mountain To Save The Planet

Nov 22nd, 2011 | By
The mountain near Parco's village, 100 km west of the town of Ayacucho in Peru. (Photo: Nick Pattinson)




Deccan Herald: Some time back, a lot of heat was generated over the controversial UN panel report on the melting of the Himalayan glaciers.  This case study is from Andes, where a project on Painting mountains with White is going to be considered as solution. While the report on climate change warned that Himalayan glaciers

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Himalaya – Interactive Web Maps By SERVIR

Nov 21st, 2011 | By
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The SERVIR Web Mapper allows you to access and display data or functionality from several external sources to create a new service. Using the Web Mapper interface, you can choose specific data sets and information products by type and date, display them on a base map, and further manipulate them for analysis. If a layer

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Smokey Village Of Chidipani (Nepal)

Nov 19th, 2011 | By
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Amrit Banstola: It is surprising to see that after 61 years of initiation of improved cook stove (ICS) by Government of Nepal (such initiative dates as far back as 1950 with the introduction of Indian models of Hyderabad and Magan stoves) traditional and primitive chulas (stoves) are still in extensive use in Chidipani rural community.

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Climate Change, IPCC and Policy Riddle

Nov 18th, 2011 | By
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Book: Climate Change: IPCC, Water Crisis, and Policy Riddles With Reference to India and Her Surroundings  Author: Binayak Ray    Lexington Books, Maryland    234 pages, $45 book review `Concerned about effects’ by: Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma For anyone struggling to comprehend what climate change might mean to life-support systems and policy arena in the sub-continent, Binayak Ray

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IPCC Link Climate Change Extreme Weather

Nov 18th, 2011 | By
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Guardian: IPCC expected to confirm link between climate change and extreme weather. Report likely to conclude that man-made emissions are increasing the frequency of storms, floods and droughts.  Climate Change is likely to cause more storms, floods, droughts, heatwaves and other extreme weather events, according to the most authoritative review yet of the effects of global

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Minimising methane emissions-Bhutan

Nov 17th, 2011 | By
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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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New Paper: Chinese Scientists Vs IPCC Consensus

Nov 17th, 2011 | By
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The Global Warming Policy Foundation: For the mechanism of global warming, the IPCC report emphasizes the impact of human activities and the correlation between the CO2 concentration and temperature increase. However, the Earth is a complex dynamic system with various factors affecting each other; great uncertainties exist regarding causes and effects of the climate changes.

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Food Security in Face of Climate Change

Nov 17th, 2011 | By
The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change has outlined outlines crucial policy responses to the global challenge of feeding a world confronted by climate change. Photo: N. Palmer (CIAT).




Global Commission Charts Pathway For Achieving Food Security in Face of Climate Change. Scientific experts outline concrete steps toward a sustainable global food system. In the lead up to UN global climate talks in Durban, South Africa later this month, an independent global commission of eminent scientists today released a set of concrete recommendations to policy

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Climate Change and Himalayan Cold Deserts in India

Nov 17th, 2011 | By
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Climate Change and Himalayan Cold Deserts: Mapping vulnerability and threat to ecology and indigenous livelihoods The remote cold desert stretches of high altitude Himalayas, having a fragile ecosystem are characterized by complex interplay of climatic and geo-morphological processes, availability of limited natural resources and economic  conditions leading to accelerated resource degradation and associated environmental consequences

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Climate change: there is no plan B

Nov 16th, 2011 | By
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Guardian: Time is almost up. It is critical we secure a legally binding approach on climate change in Durban. The lesson the world is learning the hard way from the financial crisis is that there is only one boat and we are all in it. To stay afloat, we need rules tough enough to stop

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BBC: A glimpse at IPCC’s upcoming report on weather extremes

Nov 16th, 2011 | By
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Knight Science:  We’ll get more of them soonish.. Not so sure, but pretty sure, they’re already here. A tip of the hat to Andrew C. Revkin, at the NY Times blog Dot Earth, for calling attention to a remarkable piece, an appreciation that I’d like to second. At the BBC its environmental reporter Richard Black

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How should society pay for services ecosystems provide?

Nov 15th, 2011 | By
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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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Without effective climate adaptation strategies, mountains are at serious risk

Nov 15th, 2011 | By
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Mountain Partnership: Water, energy, forests: regional experts identify key issues for Central Asia. Dushanbe, Tajikistan: Effective adaptation strategies are required in response to the impact of climate change in mountain regions. With a view to better integrating scientific evidence and mountain people’s experience into international discussions, experts from Azerbaijan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Tajikistan met

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Darjeeling – The Fallen Queen

Nov 14th, 2011 | By
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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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Climate Smart Agriculture Suggested To Reduce GHG Emissions

Nov 14th, 2011 | By
Women living near a lake created after a landslide in Hunza district cut barley in a field in Seeshghat village, northern Pakistan, May 24, 2010. Officials evacuated thousands amid fears the lake could burst and flood communities downstream. Photo credit-REUTERS/Abrar Tanoli




Commodity Online: The implementation of climate smart agricultural practices will go a long in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The theme has now become the main agenda of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) scheduled to start later in November at Durban, according to carbon-investments.co.uk. The importance of the reduction of greenhouse gas

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Perception-based effect on Bhutan

Nov 14th, 2011 | By
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Kuenselonline: Lack of equipment and trained personnel impedes analysis of available met data Climate Change A major part of the Eastern Himalayas, where  Bhutan is located, is undergoing a warming trend of about one-degree Celsius per year. The director of department of hydro meteorology services, Karma Tshering, yesterday in his presentation  “climate change over Bhutan from

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Climate sceptics get less press in developing countries

Nov 14th, 2011 | By
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Science Dev Net: Sceptical views on man-made climate change have received far less newspaper coverage in major developing countries than in the United Kingdom or the United States, according to a survey. In the United States, over a third of climate articles published during the study period in selected newspapers reported sceptical standpoints while less

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Promoting adaptation to climate change in Nepal

Nov 12th, 2011 | By
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Practical Action: This briefing focuses on the impact of climate change on Nepal’s rural poor. A great deal has been written  on the challenges of providing clean energy and the risks to urban populations but, as this paper outlines, climate change also has many other consequences. Rural communities, whose livelihoods are intimately tied to the

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Environmental Performance and Vulnerability to Climate Change: A Case Study

Nov 12th, 2011 | By
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CLIMATE 2011: Relatively little scholarly work has focused on comparative evaluation of South Asian countries’ environmental performance (EP) in addressing issues of vulnerability to climate change. It is an accepted fact that climate change induced problems in South Asia have been increasing over many years, but their effects largely have been blamed on extreme poverty

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Pachauri ready to work for Bihar

Nov 12th, 2011 | By
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Times of India: The Chairperson of the Nobel Price winning International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), Rajendra Kumar Pachauri on Friday offered his services to Bihar. In response to Bihar’s Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi’s request at a workshop, Pachauri said: “I will be glad to offer my services for the formulation of Bihar State Action

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Conference Brings Attention to Himalayan Climate Threat

Nov 11th, 2011 | By
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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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A new, lower estimate of climate sensitivity

Nov 11th, 2011 | By
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World Climate Report: There is word circulating that a paper soon to appear in Science magazine concludes that the climate sensitivity—how much the earth’s average temperature will rise as a result of a doubling of the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide—likely (that is, with a 66% probability) lies in the range 1.7°C to 2.6°C, with

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Emission Sequestration and Storage of Carbon-Video

Nov 11th, 2011 | By
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This videos shows that whether the Agriculture practices are carbon emitter, remover, or protector of soil carbon store? Agriculture emits greenhouse gases, but also sequesters carbon in soil, and can protect carbon already in the soil. This short film outlines these issues for farms in the English Peak District National Park from UK.






Himalayan Nations: Need to build Resilience to Climate Change Impact

Nov 10th, 2011 | By
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WWF: Himalayan nations must move rapidly to commit to efforts that build resilience to the impacts of climate change and generate resources for adaptation, capacity building and technology transfer. The Himalayan glaciers are the water towers of Asia, and the source of many of the world’s great rivers: The Yangtze, the Ganges, the Indus and

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Climate Economics the State of the Art

Nov 10th, 2011 | By
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SEI: Publication- Climate Economics the State of the Art by Frank Ackerman and Elizabeth A. Stanton Stockholm Environment Institute-U.S. Center November 2011 Climate science paints a bleak picture: The continued growth of greenhouse gas emissions is increasingly likely to cause irreversible and catastrophic effects. Urgent action is needed to prepare for the initial rounds of

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Bhutan’s Moving Gold: How water is powering the country

Nov 9th, 2011 | By
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CNN: Bhutan is the last of the Himalayan kingdoms. The small country is situated in the nooks and crannies of the highest mountain range on earth. It’s a special place that didn’t have paved roads until the 1960s, was off-limits to foreign tourists until the 1970’s, and didn’t have television until 1999, the last country

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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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The Kyoto Accords-and Hope — Are Expiring

Nov 9th, 2011 | By
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Times Science: There’s one absolutely foolproof way to cut carbon emissions: economic collapse. After the fall of communism in the early 1990s led to economic depression in much of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, carbon output in those countries fell like a stone. In fact, greenhouse-gas emissions in Russia didn’t return to 1990

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Climate Change’s Health Costs Projected To Be Enormous

Nov 9th, 2011 | By
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Huffingtonpost: A tally of lost lives and health care expenditures arising from just six recent weather-related or epidemiological events suggests that the economic toll of future climate change is likely to be even more staggering than previously thought, according to a study published Monday in the journal Health Affairs. The analysis, conducted by a team

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Countries Most Vulnerable To Climate Change To Meet Ahead Of CoP17

Nov 8th, 2011 | By
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Business Bhutan: As the global summit for climate talks approaches, vulnerable countries make a point to form a united voice. A group of 32 vulnerable countries, which created the Climate Change Vulnerable Forum, including Bhutan is set to meet in Dhaka, two weeks ahead of UN climate talks (the 17th Conference of Parties) in Durban,

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Last year’s greenhouse gas emissions topple worst-case scenario

Nov 8th, 2011 | By
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Mongabay: Global carbon emissions last year exceeded worst-case scenario predictions from just four years before, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). A rise of 6 percent (564 million additional tons) over 2009 levels was largely driven by three nations: the US, India, and China. Emissions from burning coal jumped 8 percent overall. The

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Insanity, Death and Climate Change

Nov 8th, 2011 | By
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IISD: Insanity has famously been described as “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Does this maxim apply to the UN climate negotiations? If so, are those of us flying to Durban later this month about to join an exercise in mass madness? THE MADNESS OF KING COP Since the Conference of

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Sceptic: one inclined to doubt accepted opinions

Nov 7th, 2011 | By
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The Sunday Morning Herald: ‘THE claim ‘the science is settled’ is plainly false due to the many problems with the AGW [anthropogenic global warming] hypothesis (e.g. global temperatures have not risen since 1998 despite rising CO2 levels; alarmism is based on flawed models that do not reflect empirical measurements.)” STEPHEN HARPER ”Why is the Australian

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Working Group on Indian Mountain Ecosystem Meets- Suggestions Invited

Nov 5th, 2011 | By
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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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Role of ICTs for community based adaptations to climate change

Nov 4th, 2011 | By
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E Agriculture: In her paper, “The role of ICTs for community-based adaptations to climate change” Simone Sala studied the potential impact of ICTs in Climate Change and development. It Explains that ICTs can be a more than valuable asset if integrated intelligently in the information and communication flow. She underlines that “ A systematic approach

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Beyond climategate: keeping politics and climate science separate

Nov 4th, 2011 | By
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The Ecologist: Beyond climategate-can we keep the politics and science of climate forecasting separate? The pressure is on climate forecasters to give us more accurate predictions of impacts, such as rising sea levels, but ahead of the Durban climate summit scientists say we still have much to learn When it comes to the environment, how

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Compendium on methods and tools to evaluate impacts of, and vulnerability and adaptation to, climate change

Nov 4th, 2011 | By
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The UNFCCC Compendium on methods and tools to evaluate impacts of, and vulnerability and adaptation to, climate change is designed to assist Parties and other potential users in selecting the most appropriate methodology for assessments of impacts and vulnerability, and preparing for adaptation to climate change. The Compendium was developed in 1999 and updated in

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UT study: Climate change affects ants and biodiversity

Nov 4th, 2011 | By
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Eurekalert: Some people may consider them pests, but ants are key to many plants’ survival. In the eastern US, ants are integral to plant biodiversity because they help disperse seeds. But ants’ ability to perform this vital function, and others, may be jeopardized by climate change, according to Nate Sanders, Associate Professor of Ecology and

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Stop Climate Change: Together We Can!

Nov 3rd, 2011 | By
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Amrit Banstola: The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that ―warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from scientific observations of increases in global average temperature, melting of snow and ice, and rising of global average sea level. And from various evidences from recent studies, the climate change

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Chinese Sceptics See Global Warming As US Conspiracy

Oct 10th, 2011 | By
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The Sydney Morning Herald: BEIJING: It’s not only Western leaders like Julia Gillard and Barack Obama who face fierce resistance from climate sceptics as they try to lay out policies to tackle global warming. In China, where carbon emissions have surged despite tough government constraints and targets, President Hu Jintao is having to stare down

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Philippines joins Bangladesh in Global Appeal for action on Environment

Oct 10th, 2011 | By
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Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation: MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines and Bangladesh joined forces for an initiative in the United Nations Human Rights Council to urge the international community to address the adverse effects of climate change on human rights. Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Evan P.

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Climate change will hit genetic diversity

Aug 24th, 2011 | By




Nature: Probable loss of ‘cryptic’ variation a challenge for conservationists. Climate change represents a threat not only to the existence of individual species, but also to the genetic diversity hidden within them, researchers say. The finding promises to complicate assessments of how climate change will affect biodiversity, as well as conservationists’ task in preserving it.

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Nepal: Govt likely to ban use of plastic bag form next week

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By




TheHimalayanTimes: Minister for Environment, Sunil Kumar Manandhar said the government was going to ban the use of plastic bags of less than 20 micron in the country to be effective from the next week. The offenders will be fined between Rs. 500 to Rs. 50,000, according to Minister Manandhar. Speaking at a program, “Disaster Risk

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At the crossroads: climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in Asia and the Pacific

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By




Preventionweb: This report was prepared to provide a snapshot of how disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) are undertaken and integrated, if at all, in the Asia Pacific region. It does so by taking stock of past and ongoing regional initiatives and by looking into the role of certain organizations in the

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Ten Practical Policy Consequences of Acknowledging That Climate Change Is An Ethical Problem

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By




ClimateEthics: If climate change must be understood as essentially an ethical problem, several practical consequences for policy formation follow. Yet it would appear there is widespread failure of those engaged in climate change policy debates to understand the practical significance for policy formation of the acknowledgement that climate change is a moral issue. The evidence

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