User: subbu Topic: Climate Change
Category: Impacts :: Floods n Droughts
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Tech savvy farmers get smart on climate 21.9.2014 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Erratic weather, rising temperatures, declining water resources and labour shortages are threatening Indias bread basket state of Haryana, forcing farmers to abandon age-old practices and adopt technology to ensure food supplies for millions. Using machines which sow rice directly, devices to inform when to irrigate and phone messages warning of infestations, thousands of farmers are learning to adapt to climate change, boost soil fertility and reduce their carbon emissions. "At first, many farmers were unsure. Its a big risk to change the way you have farmed for decades and try new things. Agriculture in these parts is not just a livelihood, its a way of life," said Harpreet Singh, 36, a farmer in the village of Birnaraya, 130 km (80 miles) north of Delhi. "But over the last four years, through these technologies, we have learnt to save water and fertilisers, cut our costs for hired labour, improved the resilience of our crops and also reduced pollution by not burning crop residues." Singh is from one ...
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Pakistani Islamists use floods to turn opinion against India 21.9.2014 CNN-IBN: India
Hafiz Saeed, widely considered one of South Asia's most dangerous militants, has no doubt who is to blame for devastating floods that have submerged swathes of Pakistani countryside and claimed hundreds of lives.
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We fought apartheid. Now climate change is our global enemy | Desmond Tutu 21.9.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
On the eve of the UN Climate Summit, Desmond Tutu argues that tactics used against firms who did business with South Africa must now be applied to fossil fuels to prevent human suffering Never before in history have human beings been called on to act collectively in defence of the Earth. As a species, we have endured world wars, epidemics, famine, slavery, apartheid and many other hideous consequences of religious, class, race, gender and ideological intolerance. People are extraordinarily resilient. The Earth has proven pretty resilient, too. It's managed to absorb most of what's been thrown at it since the industrial revolution and the invention of the internal combustion engine. Until now, that is. Because the science is clear: the sponge that cushions and sustains us, our environment, is already saturated with carbon. If we don't limit global warming to two degrees or less we are doomed to a period of unprecedented instability, insecurity and loss of species. Fossil fuels have powered human endeavour ...
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Kashmir floods, a man-made disaster, says scientist 20.9.2014 The Hindu: Today's Paper
Kashmir floods, a man-made disaster, says scientist
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Kashmir floods, a man-made mistake, says scientist 20.9.2014 Hindu: News
IIRS Director Krishna Murthy attributes floods to encroachment of Dal Lake. Nearly 100 PhDs were awarded on atmospheric sciences and more than 10,000 international publications were made in the last 15 years. India got global recognition over research conducted on climate changes, said Dr. Dutt.
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California's burning up: firefighters rush to the scene as major wildfires scorch the state 19.9.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Eldorado national forest erupts in flames, prompting governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency with the prospect of more fires to come during Californias hot, dry autumn

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Disasters in India have become more frequent, intense in last 15 years: Rijiju 19.9.2014 Zee News : India National
India is a disaster prone country and for the last one-and-half decade, disasters have become more frequent and intense, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said on Friday.
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Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on Post-2015 Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction 19.9.2014 Govt of india: PIB
The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju inaugurated a one-day National level Consultation on Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, here today. About 50 participants representing NGOs, corporate bodies, academic institutions, UN agencies and international organizations took part in the workshop.
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India, China vow to pursue early solution to border issue 19.9.2014 Hindu: National
India-China joint statement said the two sides reiterated their commitment to seek a "fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution".
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All Round Development of the Agro Sector is the Highest Priority of the Government- Radha Mohan Singh 19.9.2014 Govt of india: PIB
Union Minister of Agriculture, Shri Radha Mohan Singh has said that all round development of the Agro Sector is the higher priority of the Government. It has taken a number of initiatives for the development of Agro and allied sector which include advance research facilities for farm techniques, use of information technology to transfer information and knowledge to the farmers at grass root level and improved crop insurance and finance to the farmers.
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India, China Favour Early Solution to Border Issue 19.9.2014 newindianexpress.com
Both the sides reiterated their willingness to proactively resolve all outstanding differences based on the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence.
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It's time to teach climate change in school. Here's how | Sophia Shaw 19.9.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
We need to give our kids the tools to observe and understand the effects of a changing climate for their future and ours Why is it so difficult to teach climate change in our classrooms? My kids hear climate change discussed in the news as a very real threat , but it is largely absent from school science curricula. In fact, most children the world over dont receive any formal academic reasoning to put the vast amount of information and opinions into context, and they have no credible outlet to ask their own ...
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Floods in India and Pakistan offer a chance for peace-building 19.9.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
A younger generation of leaders from both nations are aiming to foster cross-border cooperation to combat climate change South Asias rivers are again in furious flow with Indias northern state of Kashmir hit by the worst floods in 50 years . Its capital, Srinagar, has been overwhelmed by the deluge, with road links to the rest of India washed away and villagers marooned on rooftops. Indias prime minister, Narendra Modi, has declared a national disaster. However, with crops and livestock under water, a state that was re-emerging from years of conflict has suffered a cruel setback. On the Pakistani side, the flooding has been equally devastating with more than 300 dead, 2.3 million people affected and rural livelihoods decimated as cotton fields are intentionally flooded to save ...
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Focus on exports, tea growers told 18.9.2014 Hindu: Business
Two new tea plant clones with properties to tolerate the drought conditions while boosting productivity were launched on Thursday at the 50 annual general meeting of the Tea Research Association (...
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Austaralia sea level rise at huge cost 18.9.2014 The Hindu: Today's Paper
Austaralia sea level rise at huge cost
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Some 22 million displaced by natural disasters in 2013, UN-backed report reveals 18.9.2014 Sify News
New York, Sept 18 (IBNS) A new United Nations-backed report launched on Wednesday reveals that 22 million people worldwide were displaced in 2013 by disasters sparked largely by earthquakes or climate- and weather-related events – almost three times more than by conflict in the same year.
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Natural disasters displaced over two million in India in 2013: UN report 18.9.2014 FirstPost: India

About 2.14 million people were displaced in India last year due to natural disasters, according to a United Nations-backed report.

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Rising sea levels to cost Australia billions: study 18.9.2014 TOI: All Headlines
Rising sea levels to cost Australia billions: study
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Chronicle of a tragedy foretold 18.9.2014 Hindu: Home
No agency provided any prior warning about the massive floods in Jammu and Kashmir
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New tea clones developed to boost productivity 18.9.2014 Hindu: Industry
TTRI-2 has been found to be a good clone for producing above average yield of very good cup quality
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