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Aid workers estimate of 25,000 people in Leh and surrounding villages have been affected by the monsoonal deluge and thousands have sought refuge in relief camps and rehabilitation centres.


"So far, we have recovered 170 bodies, 140 of whom have been identified," said an officer in Leh's police control room, adding that up to 300 people were still unaccounted for.

Aid workers also estimate that 10 to 12 villages remain inaccessible due collapsed bridges and blocked roads where landslides deposited boulders and mud up to 15 feet high (4 metres).

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A website that contains research papers on using GIS in water quality

Using GIS in Water Quality: The website  contains several research papers on using GIS in Water Quality.

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A brief introduction to the concepts of climate change and global warming

Climate Change is a significant change in temperature, wind patterns and precipitation that occurs over a long period of time. Some of these changes occur in cycles over decades, hundreds, thousands and millions of years; some could be random occurrences. These result in precipitation (rain or hail, snowfall) and wind patterns, or extreme weather events like thunderstorms, cyclones, tornados etc.

So, is there a problem?

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The developed countries (known in Climate Change parlance as Annexe 1 countries), have taken greater responsibility for mandated GHG cuts. Hence, developing countries like India were not too bothered about climate change, its impact, and what needed to be done. But in the long term, especially as in the case of a large country like India, a large population would increase consumption exponentially as it developed.

This would lead to a drastic increase in GHG emissions. There is the need to make a choice for a low-carbon path, even if there is no mandated reduction in GHG emissions.

Finally, in July 2008, the Government of India has come out with a National Action Plan on Climate Change the NAPCC. This will all take time to translate into policy decisions and ground level action.

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The IPCC is a scientific body; the information it provides with its reports is based on scientific evidence and reflects existing viewpoints within the scientific community.

When climate change was first posited as "real" people all over the world realized that this issue encompasses the inter linkage of several other issues. The scope and magnitude of the consequences of climate change are also very far reaching. There emerged a critical need for an objective source of information on the subject so that people could understand it in a broader context and make informed decisions.

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The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) regularly undertakes work on methodological and scientific matters as they relate to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol process.

Some of the issues the SBSTA is currently dealing with are land use, land-use change and forestry, adaptation, mitigation, research, systematic observation and bunker fuels.

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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change sets an overall framework for intergovernmental efforts to tackle the challenge posed by climate change.

Over a decade ago, most countries joined an international treaty – the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – to begin to consider what can be done to reduce global warming and to cope with whatever temperature increases are inevitable.

It recognizes that the climate system is a shared resource whose stability can be affected by industrial and other emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. The Convention enjoys near universal membership, with 192 countries having ratified.

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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Convention of 1992, as ratified, was a statement of principles and intent. Though it committed governments of signatory nations to reduce emission of GHGs into the atmosphere, it was non-binding. It only committed states to voluntary efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. At Berlin there was great apprehension that the abilities of countries to meet the commitments under the Convention were inadequate. These were expressed in a U.N. ministerial declaration, known as the "Berlin Mandate".

The goal for COP1 was therefore set at adoption of legally binding obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It was expected that 15 years down the line, the larger, newly industrializing countries would together be among the largest emitters of greenhouse gas emissions.

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The Conference of the Parties in Berlin, Germany, held in 1995, was the first after the Climate Change Convention went into force.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was opened for signature at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) conference known as the Earth Summit. 154 Nations signed the UNFCCC that upon ratification, committed signatories' governments, to a voluntary "non-binding aim" to reduce atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases with the goal of "preventing dangerous anthropogenic interference with Earth's climate system."

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Here's a list of short films and videos on the Kyoto Protocol

After Kyoto
27 Minutes: English

Did the world emerge from the Kyoto summit with an agreement that will mark the start of an effective response to climate change caused by the build-up of greenhouse gases? Or was it merely political fudge designed to appease the US Senate? We get their verdict from leading scientists, politicians and environmental lobbyists.

Changing climates: The politics
27 Minutes: English

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