Monthly Archives: December 27, 2011

  • Nations make new plan for eastern Himalayas

    December 27, 2011

    China, India and Myanmar have finalised a joint programme for biodiversity management, climate change adaptation, cultural conservation and sustainable economic development in the Brahmaputra-Salween landscape of the eastern Himalayas, a landscape shared by the three countries.

  • Tibet’s resource curse

    December 19, 2011

    China plans to scale up lithium extraction to meet demand for electric cars and smart phones. But environmental damage to the fragile Tibetan plateau will be irreversible, warns Gabriel Lafitte.

  • Disappointed at Durban

    December 15, 2011

    Diplomacy moved forward in South Africa, but the conference still failed the climate. Joydeep Gupta gives the lowdown on what did – and didn’t – happen in Durban.

  • Kashmir’s abandoned glaciers

    December 13, 2011

    Shelving a vital project to monitor melting Himalayan ice will impede our ability to understand these changes and prepare for the consequences, argues Athar Parvaiz.

  • India, China ensure equity in climate deal

    December 11, 2011

    Impassioned speeches by the environment ministers of China and India capped the finale of the UN climate summit that ended at Durban, South Africa, with the adoption of the Durban Package in the early hours of Sunday, nearly a day and a half behind schedule.

  • Climate summit goes down to the wire

    December 10, 2011

    Already way past deadlines, the fortnight long UN climate summit in Durban, South Africa, was going down to the wire on Saturday evening, as ministers and bureaucrats from 194 countries continued their meetings behind closed doors.

  • Durban gets close to goal in extra time

    December 10, 2011

    As the fortnight long UN climate summit in Durban, South Africa, went into a series of closed door meetings on its extra day Saturday, some hope emerged by the mid-afternoon that there may be a deal yet.

  • Developed and developing nations still bickering in Durban

    December 10, 2011

    The UN climate summit went into extra time in Durban, South Africa, on Saturday, with no agreement in sight. Developed and developing countries continued to bicker over who should do what to limit emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) that are warming the globe.

  • India, China targeted by EU in climate blame game

    December 09, 2011

    As the annual summit of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) wound down towards its final hours in Durban, South Africa, on Friday, the blame game by rich nations became more vicious. European Union Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard started the day by singling out India and calling it a deal breaker.

  • Don’t delay climate deal, plead island countries, experts

    December 08, 2011

    The second last day of the United Nations’ annual climate conference saw agreements break down in room after room on Thursday, despite warnings from scientists around the world that the window to take much stronger action to combat climate change is closing rapidly.