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India keeps pledge on emission cuts
Feb 01, 2010 In keeping with the promise it had made ahead of the Copenhagen climate change conference in December, India voluntarily committed yesterday to reduce the intensity of its carbon emissions by 20% to 25% by 2020 from 2005 levels.
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Major rivers in India, Bangladesh drying up fast
Feb 04, 2010 The declining water levels in major rivers Brahmaputra and Teesta much ahead of the dry season is lowering the underground water levels and also affecting cultivation in India’s north east and Bangladesh. Environmentalists fear negative changes in overall climate will make the region more prone to calamities.
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Pakistan most vulnerable to climate change
Feb 05, 2010 Environmental experts have warned that climate change will have disastrous consequences for Pakistan if the government continued to soft-pedal on the issue. The members of the sub- committee for climate change decided to play key role, as the government has failed to fulfill its responsibility.
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Bangladesh rejects climate fund from UK
Feb 15, 2010 Dhaka has rejected Britain’s offer of £60m fund for climate change through World Bank saying that it would have unfavorable conditions attached to it. Activists from Britain and Bangladesh suggest that an alternative mechanism could be worked out to distribute all the money through a national board.
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Award winning reports on climate change in Himalayas
Feb 19, 2010 The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has announced the results of a competition for journalists writing on the theme of climate change in the Himalayas. Seven of the winning entries captured the impact of climate change on mountains and livelihoods.
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Study of glacial lakes shows no immediate risk
Feb 22, 2010 A recent field investigation carried out by ICIMOD in collaboration with national partners to discover the actual situation on the ground of three of the potentially dangerous lakes in Nepal point out that they should not simply be seen as threat, but rather as a resource that needs proper care.
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Sunderbans eco-system under threat: WWF
Feb 23, 2010 According to a latest study rising sea levels would lead to the shrinkage of the Bangladesh Sunderbans by 96% within half a century. Although experts claim the Indian side of the Sunderbans will not be badly affected, concerns are rising over the impact on tiger habitat and livelihoods.
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Climate talks face bumpy road ahead
Mar 03, 2010 Controversy has erupted over the US decision to disown the Long-term Cooperative Action text prepared by the developing countries and its emphasis on Copenhagen Accord as the basis of any future climate negotiations. It highlights the difficult road ahead for all the parties in December 2010 meet at Mexico.
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New salt resistant paddy offers hope to farmers
Mar 16, 2010 A new salt resistant paddy is improving livelihoods of coastal farmers in southern Bangladesh, where increasing soil salinity in agricultural lands have become a major concern, due to rising sea levels. Bangladesh might lose the largest amount of cultivated land globally due to rising sea levels, warns UN.
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An ironic twist to maritime dispute in South Asia
Mar 25, 2010 A maritime dispute between India and Bangladesh over the New Moore Island in the Bay of Bengal seems to be resolved by its submergence due to global warming. According to a UN panel, Bangladesh which lies in a low lying delta remains vulnerable to rising sea levels.
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Include the natives in climate decisions: Agatha Sangma
Mar 30, 2010 At a seminar held in Manila, Agatha Sangma, India’s youngest Member of Parliament stressed that the rural poor, especially indigenous people be made party to the climate change decision-making process. She stated that the global initiatives should not deprive local communities of their right to land and distort local economies.
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Bhutan caught in a scrabble of climate change
Apr 14, 2010 The only country among 194 UN members that has declared itself ‘climate negative’, Bhutan soaks up more greenhouse gases than it emits. While other countries are still struggling to become carbon neutral but are far from the goal, Bhutan leads with its ambitious projects to reduce the use of fossil fuels.
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Bamboo houses to generate employment in Nepal
Apr 21, 2010 Projects for the construction and promotion of bamboo houses, initiated jointly by AEC and ICBAR in Nepal are expected to reduce poverty by creating employment opportunities. The houses will be made using local technology and will reduce dependence on timber which takes longer to regenerate.
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Bangladesh grows in size
Apr 23, 2010 A study reveals that the land mass of Bangladesh has increased due to high sedimentation flow from Himalayas after a high magnitude earthquake hit Assam in 1950. The new land that emerged in the Meghna river estuary of Bangladesh is five times larger than the area of Dhaka City.
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SAARC summit to sign drafts on climate, free-trade
Apr 26, 2010 Foreign secretaries of the eight-member regional grouping are meeting in Bhutan to reach a common economic and development goal. Civil activists from the region just days before the summit hosted Peoples SAARC, an assembly in India to forge a strong South Asian identity, and collaborate for peace and development.
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Bangladesh: Nine projects to fight climate change
Apr 27, 2010 The Climate Change Fund Trustee has sanctioned Tk 46.50 crore for initiating nine new projects led by various government agencies to fight the impacts of global warming. Besides the projects, the State Minister for Environment and Forests has also approved the policy guidelines of Climate Change Fellowship.
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SAARC concludes with a 'Silver Jubilee Declaration'
Apr 30, 2010 The 16th SAARC Summit concluded yesterday with a 36-point Thimphu Silver Jubilee Declaration that would aim at making SAARC truly action-oriented. Two agreements on Environment and Trade were signed along with the introduction of a development fund that will serve as a regional funding mechanism for various projects.
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Cameras to prove melting of Himalayan glaciers
May 12, 2010 The Extreme Ice Survey project of Nepal government will help to settle the dispute on Himalayan glaciers. Cameras mounted on vertical rock faces as part of the project will capture over 8,000 images for two years, that will be stitched together into a 60 second video clip to act as evidence.
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Team sets out to clean the "Death Zone"
May 20, 2010 Twenty Nepali climbers are to execute the world's highest ever clean-up campaign, the Extreme Everest Expedition 2010, this week. This daring cleanup of garbage and dead bodies lying at heights more than 8000 meters would involve risk of surviving the zone's thin air, freezing temperatures and difficult terrain.
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Mission to prepare India better for climate change
May 26, 2010 The ambitious Green India Mission which would have its first draft finalised after undertaking public consultations, emphasises a holistic approach to greening. It aims to double the afforestation area which would act as carbon sink and hence help India to combat climate change better.
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Paradise Lost: India's biodiversity towards extinction
May 28, 2010 The two hotspots of India, Western Ghats and Himalayan region, which are the pool of genetic diversity, are struggling for their existence. The climate change, industrial effluents, loss of natural habitats and increasing human greed are causing India’s biodiversity deterioration.
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Pakistan: Attabad Lake poses new threat of displacement
Jun 01, 2010 The rising water level of Attabad Lake in northern Pakistan has now reached on the verge of breaking its banks, triggering displacement and submergence of 16 villages of the area. According to National Disaster Management Authority of Pakistan arrangements have been made to ensure relief to the 16 villages with a population of about twenty-five thousand.
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Mount Everest throws a bigger challenge to climbers
Jun 02, 2010 Sherpa mountaineers in Nepal have raised an alarm on the rising rate of snow and ice melt on Mount Everest saying that this would threaten future expeditions. The melting has exposed bare rock faces and dislodged boulders which will make climbing more dangerous and expensive.
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Millions turn landless in Bangladesh
Jun 09, 2010 Climate-induced hazards and decreasing productivity of lands as a result of climate change, is rendering many families in Bangladesh, landless. Deprived of their land these families often land up in slums with all affiliated social problems. There is a dire need for land reforms and policies to address the issue.
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India keen to play deal-maker at Copenhagen
Dec 10, 2009 India, in association with Brazil, South Africa and China, is expected to present a draft proposal demanding adherence to the principles of equity as per Kyoto Protocol. When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh joins the parley, he would not want the country to be seen as deal-breaker.
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Impact of glacial melting in Pakistan highlighted
Dec 16, 2009 The adverse impacts of climate change on Pakistan were highlighted at a side event in Copenhagen. As the temperatures rise further, the country is going to be badly hit by changes in monsoon patterns, sea level rise and the melting of glaciers.
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Kashmir faces climate crisis
Dec 16, 2009 Kashmir on the Indian side is beginning to recover from two decades of bloody conflict. But the region, once known as ‘paradise on earth’ because of its stunning natural beauty and abundant resources, is now facing another crisis – a changing climate.
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Flood information system for Himalayan region
Dec 23, 2009 Finland has announced a maximum of 2 million Euros over three years in a joint partnership with ICIMOD to establish regional information system in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region. The initiative will help reduce water-related hazards by providing timely warning of floods in selected river basins.
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India admits climate shift, but says no sell-out
Dec 23, 2009 India’s environment minister has accepted country’s deviation from its original stand on international verification of emission mitigation actions. He, however, maintains that it will not affect India’s sovereignty.
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'BASIC countries emerge stronger from climate meet'
Dec 24, 2009 The grouping of China, India, Brazil and South Africa has emerged as a significant force in Copenhagen. Dr R.K. Pachauri, head of the UN climate panel, believes that they can lead the way in future negotiations.
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