Posts Tagged ‘ Impacts and Indicators ’

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

Feb 12th, 2013 | By

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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Insurance Industry Paying Increasing Attention to Climate Change

Dec 17th, 2012 | By

Science Daily: The insurance industry, the world’s largest business with $4.6 trillion in revenues, is making larger efforts to manage climate change-related risks, according to a new study published December 13 in the journal Science. “Weather- and climate-related insurance losses today average $50 billion a year. These losses have more than doubled each decade since

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Bits and pieces 10: Global Warming in Pictures

Mar 26th, 2012 | By

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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A Buddhist Leader’s Thoughts On Conservation

Nov 23rd, 2011 | By
Representatives from the Khoryug monasteries working to clean the Bodh Gaya Main Temple and nearby street

Science 2.0: Although the fundamental tenets of many religions may have some bearing on conservation activities, the relationship between spiritualism and environmentalism is perhaps most obvious in the case of Buddhism. The close ties between Buddhism and conservation-mindedness were recently described by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, in an essay published

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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

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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Winter Tourism and Climate Change: A case

Nov 15th, 2011 | By
Ski piste with artificial snow in Davos where snow melts more than two weeks later than adjacent to the piste. (Photo by Christian Rixen)

MRD Journal: Winter Tourism and Climate Change in the Alps: An Assessment of Resource Consumption, Snow Reliability, and Future Snow making Potential The winter tourism industry is facing considerable challenges with climate change; it is increasingly responding with investments in snow making facilities. We present a study on 3 tourism destinations in the Swiss Alps

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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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How to spot a dodgy study in flood of studies

Nov 11th, 2011 | By
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This has been an eventful year for natural calamities – drought in the Horn of Africa, floods yet again in Pakistan, and now also in Thailand. NGOs, think-tanks and scientific organizations eager to share their insights or shed some light on what could be causing these events have tried to keep pace with nature by

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We see India as an opportunity, says Bhutan PM

Nov 10th, 2011 | By

Deccanchronical: At a time when the world recognises that mere GDP growth as a development goal is a false promise, and with the UN now making “happiness” a development goal, a number of countries are turning to the little Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan for lessons. Bhutan pioneered the concept of Gross National Happiness some 35

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How Melting Glaciers And ‘Mountain Tsunamis’ Threaten Himalayan Kingdom Of Bhutan

Nov 9th, 2011 | By
On the Druk Path Trek between Timphu and Paro in Bhutan

World Crunch: Melting glaciers in the Himalayas put the small Kingdom of Bhutan at risk. Not only are the “frozen reservoirs” a fundamental water source, but the melting can also cause GLOFS – aka: ‘mountain tsunamis’ – killer flash floods that occur when glacial lakes suddenly burst. The Kingdom of Bhutan, tucked between India and

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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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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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300 Hands-On Field Activities for Community Based Adaptation Projects

Nov 5th, 2011 | By
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CSDi is presenting a compilation of Community Based Adaptation Field Activities—complete with links to source materials and technical information. The content of field activities is given broadly in following heads: 1. Agriculture a. Soil and water conservation for agriculture. b. Developing water for agriculture. c. Agriculture in flood-prone or waterlogged areas. d. CBA techniques for agriculture.

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

Nov 4th, 2011 | By

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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Mountain Waters – Elixir Or Envenom?

Oct 31st, 2011 | By

Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: The pristine water quality of the mountains is under question despite bottled water manufacturers campaign to the contrary. This issue attempts to examine the dogma and the policy responses in India to protect environmental water quality of the mountains. Bottled water manufactures do a great job of enticing thirsty buyers to pick up

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Land Of Yellow Moon

Oct 10th, 2011 | By
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Noreen Haider: Nature strikes with mind blowing force at the most pristine of places and with no compassion for people or property. The Hunza Valley of Gilgit Batlistan, a paradise on earth, turned into a chaos with a catastrophic land slide. Noreen makes a personal connection in this passionate essay with suffering of her childhood

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Zardari Seeks Int’l Help In Disaster Management

Oct 10th, 2011 | By
Husband of slain Pakistani opposition leader Bhutto gestures during a condolence meeting in Naudero

Daily Times: President says devastation caused by climatic changes is a wake-up call to search permanent solutions to natural disasters ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari, on Friday, called upon the international community, especially the countries advanced in disaster management, to assist Pakistan in capacity building so that it could meet eventualities caused by natural calamities

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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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Fire On The Mountain

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By

Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: The gentleman in the payment kiosk swiped the card and gave it back to me. Then he asked my wife for the carry bag to pack the month’s provision. Carry bags? What?? You are not packing this into plastic bags? My wife looked puzzled. No ma’am, we are not giving away plastic bags

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Local knowledge benefits climate change science and adaptation

Aug 17th, 2011 | By

IHRR Blog: In order to understand the impacts of climate change in the regions of the world that are most vulnerable, why not ask the locals?  One study did just that by interviewing people in village communities in Darjeeling Hills, West Bengal, India about the changes in weather and water availability that they have experienced

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The Faces of Climate Change

Aug 12th, 2011 | By

Smithsonianmag: On Manus Island, off the coast of Papua New Guinea, the indigenous community has lived off the sea for generations. But in recent years, unpredictable winds and sudden storms have confounded traditional methods of navigation and threatened their way of life. The fisheries surrounding their island have shrunken precipitously, while rising sea levels and

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Mainstreaming environment and climate change: Health

Aug 8th, 2011 | By

This joint publication of IIED and Irish Aid is part of a series that aims to clarify the links between the environment, climate change and key development sectors, and provide guidance on strategies available for mainstreaming the environment and climate change into national policies. This briefing focuses on health. Nearly one quarter of the global

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Climate change to take toll in North East India

Aug 8th, 2011 | By

The Morung Express: Climate change is going to take its toll in the North East India region soon. If the revelation from the studies are to be based, there is going to be a near catastrophic impact in the region. A warning has been sent out from two distinct studies particularly for the Northeast and

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Building Resilience In Mountains

Aug 6th, 2011 | By
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Anamika Barua: Liverman (1994), who is a Professor of Geography and Development, in University of Arizona, once stated that “The most vulnerable people may not be living in the most vulnerable places-poor people can live in productive biophysical environments and be vulnerable and wealthy people can live in fragile physical environment and live relatively well”

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Institutional Arrangements for Climate Change in Pakistan

Aug 5th, 2011 | By

SDPI: As a country particularly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change, Pakistan cannot afford to ignore the threat it poses to its economy and socio-political stability. To date, despite overwhelming evidence of this threat, Pakistan’s response has been poor. Put simply, the issue of climate change is not captured in the country’s overall

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Eyewash Progress:National Mission on Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem

Jun 16th, 2011 | By
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A latest publication by DST-Department of Science and Technology of Government of India shows that what has been done it on last more than one year as Nodal agency (DST) for National Mission for Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem and National Mission on Strategic Knowledge for Climate Change. CLIMATE CHANGE & ADAPTATION PROGRAMME The Climate Change Programme

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Query!! Enhancing the Reach and Effectiveness of CHI: UN Solution Exchange India

Jun 10th, 2011 | By
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UN Solution Exchange India and Bhutan: Query: Enhancing the Reach and Effectiveness of Climate Himalaya Initiative Knowledge Sharing Platform – Advice. Reply by 24 June 2011 Moderator’s Note: Enhancing the reach and effectiveness of knowledge platforms like the Climate Himalaya Initiative (CHI) is crucial as they play a critical role in knowledge sharing, advocacy, research

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