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Music and sports help children recover from Nepal quake

Student and teacher at a school in Nepali village. Photo by Susan Hale Thomas

Nepal’s approach to dealing with children that have suffered through great trauma can set an example for other countries. “Playing games and singing songs bring smiles back on the faces of terrified children who were otherwise too scared to come to school.” By Sana Jamal (for Crisis Response Journal) KATHMANDU, (Nepal) – The crumbled buildings and big cracks in the walls ... Read More »

Beijing hits highest air pollution alert of 2015

Beijing hits highest air pollution alert of 2015

Beijing’s residents have been advised to stay indoors after air pollution in the Chinese capital reached hazardous levels. BEIJING (China) – Last night, Beijing’s pollution level was taken up a notch to “orange,” from the original “yellow” classification by the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, according to Travel China. This is the second-highest air pollution warning level, with “red” coming next. Air pollution ... Read More »

World leaders due in Paris for COP21 Climate Change Summit

World leaders due in Paris for COP21 Climate Change Summit

PARIS (France) – Around 150 world leaders are expected to descend on Paris for the U.N. climate change summit that starts Monday in the French capital with the aim of reaching a landmark global deal on limiting greenhouse gas emissions. The leaders of the United States, China and India — the world’s top three carbon-emitting countries — are among those scheduled to ... Read More »

Study on delta ecosystem in Indus River launched

Study on delta ecosystem in Indus River launched

Environmental flows are designed to maintain at least some natural flow variability along river’s length ISLAMABAD (Pakistan) – A latest study has highlighted that main threats to the Indus Delta include reduced freshwater flow, construction of dams and various canals, encroachments, clearing mangroves for agriculture, habitat destruction and pollution. The report titled ‘Indus River: Review of Environmental Flows to Maintain ... Read More »

More than 600,000 people killed due to weather disasters in last 2 decades

Around 90 percent of disasters in the last 20 years have been caused by 6,457 floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events

Weather-related disasters have become more frequent over the last 20 years, claiming more than 600,000 lives, a new UN report claimed on Monday, urging nations to take serious action on climate change. Around 90 percent of disasters in the last 20 years have been caused by 6,457 floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events — and these weather-spawned disasters are ... Read More »

Antarctica may be gaining Ice but Global Warming isn’t over

Antarctica may be gaining but Global Warming isn't over

A new study by NASA published in the Journal of Glaciology says that an increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began 10,000 years ago is currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers. The study by a team led by NASA researcher Jay Zwally produces a surprising and controversial new estimate of large mass gains in ... Read More »

China, France agree on climate compliance checks

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China and France have agreed to include compliance checks in the international climate change agreement that will be negotiated in Paris in December. French President Francois Hollande who is in China to secure China’s commitment to the COP21 conference called it a “historic” step forward. The Paris conference will be attended by at least 80 world leaders including China’s President ... Read More »

Nepal’s climate smart villages offer solution to Pakistan’s water scarcity challenges

Geeta Kuikel and her husband standing near their plastic pond, commonly used for water conservation in Nepal's villages. Photo: Sana Jamal

Rural Nepali people, who are investing in and implementing climate-smart practices, offer examples for Asian countries to learn and engage in climate-smart activities By Sana Jamal KATHMANDU, Nepal – “It was after getting this plastic pond that we were able to have enough water for irrigation and to feed our animals. But we still are looking for some longtime solution for drinking ... Read More »

Pakistani youth discuss climate change at UN forum

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ISLAMABAD – On the occasion of the United Nations 70th anniversary, the United Nations System in Pakistan on Thursday conducted a workshop called United4Climate: Pakistani Youth for Climate Change at the UNIC, Islamabad. This interactive forum provided a platform to promote and to enhance outreach to the Pakistani youth by involving them on the very current and relevant theme of ... Read More »

FAO and France urge to adapt agriculture to impacts of climate change

FAO and France urge to adapt agriculture to the impacts of climate change

Rome – All countries should strive to ensure an ambitious agreement to tackle climate change, putting food security and agriculture at the centre of debates on the issue, agreed FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva and French Minister for Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, warning that failure to do so would unravel recent progress made in combating world hunger. Graziano ... Read More »

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