Natural hazards

Deforestation in mountains may lead to devastating floods.

 

With the likelihood of an increase in the frequency and intensity of climate-related disasters such as floods, droughts and tropical storms, the costs of both disaster risk management and post-disaster relief and construction will further increase.

Enhancing ecosystem-based adaptation in mountains is key for protection against floods. There are going to be more frequent natural disasters and they will complicate the challenge of achieving sustainable development. Recent estimates indicate that roughly US$40 billion will be required annually until 2050 to neutralize the impacts of climate change, although less than 10 percent of this sum has been available to date.

Himalayan Glaciers Will Shrink Despite Steady Climate

Himalayan Glaciers Will Shrink Despite Steady Climate

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Some glaciers of the Himalayas will continue shrinking for many years to come, even if temperatures hold steady, a Brigham Young University geology professor, Summer Rupert, has predicted. Rupper’s most conservative findings indicate that even if climate remained steady, almost 10 percent of Bhutan’s glaciers will vanish within the next...

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Locusts, a threat to crops in Africa

Locusts, a threat to crops in Africa

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Croplands in Niger and Mali are at “imminent risk” from desert locust swarms that are moving southward from Algeria and Libya, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warned on Tuesday. Locust infestations were first reported in southwest Libya near Ghat in January 2012 and in southeast...

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Study Finds There’s Still Hope For Himalayan Glaciers

Study Finds There’s Still Hope For Himalayan Glaciers

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Previous fears regarding the Himalayan glacier may have been unduly warranted, according to the results of the HIGHNOON (Adaption to changing water resources availability in northern India with Himalayan glacier retreat and changing monsoon pattern) project. Researchers led by the University of Zurich in Switzerland claim that previous...

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Mountain Voice for change that matters

Mountain Voice for change that matters

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Over 200 delegates from Indian eleven mountain States at Gangtok in Sikkim deliberated on mountain issues related to water, livelihoods and Communities & forests of the Indian Himalayan region at the Indian Mountain Initiative summit II, held from 25 to 26 May 2012 at Gangtok, Sikkim in India. In his...

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Mountain Pavilion to be presented by Peru during RIO+20

Mountain Pavilion to be presented by Peru during RIO+20

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With the collaboration of strategic international partners, the Government of Peru is leading the organization of the Mountain Pavilion at Rio+20. The initiative aims to showcase achievements and progress towards sustainable development in mountain regions to representatives of 191 countries and civil society present at the conference. More...

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Study Finds Permafrost Thaw: Glacier Melt Releasing Methane

Study Finds Permafrost Thaw: Glacier Melt Releasing Methane

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A study, led by scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has found that methane from underground reservoirs is streaming from thawing permafrost and receding glaciers, contributing to the greenhouse gas load in the atmosphere. The study, published online in the journal Nature Geoscience, is the first to document leakage...

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