Experts Discuss Industrial and Technological Priorities in Kyrgyzstan — University of Central Asia’s (UCA)

The fourth in a series of development dialogues gathered leading experts, representatives of international organisations, as well as state ministries and agencies of Kyrgyzstan to discuss “Industrial and Technological Development of Kyrgyzstan”. The half-day development dialogue took place in Bishkek on June 24th, and was co-organised by the United Nations system in Kyrgyzstan and the…

Water project supported by Finland helps adjust to climate change in Tajikistan — Päivi Kari and Johanna Kallio on Ministry for Foreign Affairs

In the harsh conditions of the mountainous Gorno-Badakshan autonomous region (GBAO), providing safe drinking water and proper toilets for the most vulnerable is not enough. People must also know how to prepare for climate change – but how does that happen? The Pamir project includes 10 boreholes. Photo: Saija Vuola/Finnish Environment Institute The GBAO, Gorno-Badakshan,…

New study: ‘Super heat waves’ of 131°F coming if global warming continues unchecked — By Joe Romm on Global Possibilities org

In Europe, the recent heat wave was so extreme — with temperatures reaching 111°F (44°C), fueling wildfires and wasp attacks — it was nicknamed “Lucifer.” In the Middle East, as temperatures soared to 121°F (50°C), “birds in Kuwait have reportedly been dropping from the sky,” the International Business Times reported Friday. But, new research says, we…

Call for steps to save mountain communities from calamities — Tribune com Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Environmental experts, government officials have stressed the need for implementing climate change policy to minimise disasters. They also called for providing training to communities in disaster risk reduction, emergency response and improvement in income levels of vulnerable groups. PHOTO: REUTERS (…) The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) Rural Development Director Irshad Abbasi emphasized the government’s…

Green Growth: Putting Morocco in the Lead against Climate Change — World Bank org|The end of fossil fuel subsidies has opened up opportunities for energy efficiency gains and made renewable energy more competitive.

Flore de Préneuf / World Bank STORY HIGHLIGHTS Morocco’s vision of inclusive green growth is based on better management of natural resources to generate more jobs, value and wellbeing from existing assets. The end of fossil fuel subsidies has favored an increase in renewable energy investments and allowed government spending on social programs to go…

Study: Persian Gulf could experience deadly heat— by David L. Chandler on MIT News

Detailed climate simulation shows a threshold of survivability could be crossed without mitigation measures. The Persian Gulf region is especially vulnerable, the researchers say, because of a combination of low elevations, clear sky, an adjacent water body that increases heat absorption, and the shallowness of the Persian Gulf itself, which produces high water temperatures that…

Environmentalists: The Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement (TPP) is a disaster for Climate change —by Samantha Page on Global Possibilities org

Opponents of the TPP say its a sweetheart deal for fossil fuel companies. CREDIT: AP Photo/Mark Baker After years of meetings, months of Congressional debates, and days of around-the-clock negotiations, the United States and 11 other countries reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Trade agreement (TPP) on Monday. (…) “It’s still the same disaster for…

Could the Elections End Canada’s Carbon Capture? — by Liane Schalatek on Heinrich Böll Foundation |Canada rank ninth in the list of the world’s worst polluters

Since taking office in 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has focused on turning Canada into an energy superpower. The strategy behind this is the proposed doubling of the extraction of oil from Canada’s bituminous tar sands, located primarily in the western province of Alberta. Tar sands in Alberta. Creator: Dru Oja Jay, Dominion. This image…

Clean energy, not coal, is the solution to poverty |Many developing countries population are profiting from clean renewable energy says world bank

It is the development conundrum of our era. Extremely poor people cannot lift themselves out of poverty without access to reliable energy. More than a billion people live without power today, denying them opportunities as wide-ranging as running a business, providing light for their children to study, or even cooking meals with ease. Ending poverty…