Sunday, December 19, 2010

Global warming causes flash floods in Pakistan - People's Daily Online

Global warming causes flash floods in Pakistan - People's Daily Online: "The latest research showed that global warming caused by emission of greenhouse gases in industrial countries was to blame for flash floods which killed over 2,000 people in Pakistan in July and August 2010, environment analysts told Xinhua on Friday.

The worst flood in Pakistan's 63-year history made 20 million people homeless and devastated one-fifth area of the country.

According to sources, the government of Pakistan has planned to turn the tables on cash-rich industrial countries, mainly responsible for greenhouse gases emission, in the United Nations by presenting a linkage between global warming and devastating floods."

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Reddy : Incentives for public transport - India News - IBNLive

Reddy : Incentives for public transport - India News - IBNLive: "Noting that the paradox of the urban mobility issue was that everybody agreed in principle but very few implemented it in practice, Reddy said those who drive public policy in India as well as car owners must learn to travel in public transport.
'There is a need for encouraging public transport in Indian cities and states,' he said.
While efforts have been made to make public transport comfortable and enticing, creative imagination needs to be unleashed for popularising public transport and that more Indian states should do this in a more organised manner, he said."

Friday, December 3, 2010

Lokayat: Cars vs. Buses: Do we have a choice any longer?

Lokayat: Cars vs. Buses: Do we have a choice any longer?: "Nature will not give us another chance. There is no choice left for Humanity, but to stop burning of fossil fuels, NOW! among other measures, this demands big investments from the governments of the world in improving the public transport and imposing restrictions on use of private vehicles. Considering the urgency of the problem of global warming, if we don’t take these measures today, tomorrow will be too late."

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Car-culture in developed world causes pain in less-developed

World temperature and natural disasters in LDCs, 1960-2009

UNCTAD.ORG >> Press releases >> Study urges scaled-up, improved financing for climate change adaptation in least developed countries: "The report finds that there has been an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events in LDCs, with five times as many such incidents occurring from 2000 to 2010 as during the 1970s. During the period 2000-2010, LDCs recorded economic losses totalling $14.1 billion. Within the LDC Group, Bangladesh and Myanmar suffered the greatest economic losses ($5.8 billion and $4.5 billion respectively). Overall, LDCs and small island developing States (SIDS) are among the most susceptible in the world to natural disasters, as a result of which they suffer significant shocks to their economies."