The Himalayan glaciers feed India’s most important rivers. But rising temperatures means that many of the Himalayan glaciers are melting fast, and could diminish significantly over the coming decades with catastrophic results. In the long run, the water flow in the Ganges could drop by two-thirds, affecting more than 400 million people who depend on it for drinking water. In the short term, the rapid melting of ice high up in the Himalayas might cause river swelling and floods.
The Overseas Development Institute's Forests Environment and Climate Change programme seeks to inform the processes of policy change in tropical forestry in ways which improve the livelihoods and well-being of the forest-dependent poor, whilst also securing the long-term future of forest resources.
This review is guided by the Project FireFight South East Asia (PFFSEA)’s aim to document successful community experiences with forest fires and analyse those political, institutional, economic and cultural elements that enable local communities to actively engage in preventing uncontrolled burning.
The rapidly changing weather pattern blamed on global warming is hurting the fishing industry, depriving fishermen and their families not only of income but also their own places to live.
However, the government seems unprepared to respond to the effects of global warming as well as to its impact on the population, mostly the poor, who are at risk, civil society groups said on Wednesday.
In a small village in Papua New Guinea's West New Britain islands, women like Anchila walk 4 kilometers each to a river they use to wash their clothes and children -- a