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UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly on Wednesday recognized access to clean water and sanitation as a human right.

After more than 15 years of debate on the issue, 122 countries voted in favor of a compromise Bolivian resolution enshrining the right, while 41 abstained.

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For those interested in the study of climate – including its impact on society and society’s impact on it – 1972 was an extremely important year. In that year a collection of weather anomalies occurred adversely affecting global food production and therefore availability. At that time some blamed the food shortages on the weather. More recently, however, those claims have been reevaluated and the blame is being apportioned more correctly between weather and society. The anomalies of 1972 included the fourth consecutive year of drought in the Sahelian zone of West Africa , the failure of Peruvian coastal fisheries, droughts in Central America, the Soviet Union, India and China, along with excessive rains in parts of the Philippines, Australia and Kenya…

-Mickey Glantz, 1979

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15-19 November 2010, Kathmandu, NEPAL

The burning Issues on climate change and their impacts – many of which are effectively irreversible – will affect everyone on the Earth. Human health, patterns and intensity of precipitation, water and food supplies, energy supplies, and the viability of natural systems: all will be affected if Earth’s climate continues to change. Taking unified global action against climate change, The Small Earth Nepal and the Consortium for Capacity Building (University of Colorado) in collaboration with the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Government of Nepal, Centre of Research for Environment Energy and Water (Nepal), Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand) and International Research Center for River Basin Environment, University of Yamanashi (Japan) are organizing a regional-scale International Graduate Conference on Climate Change and People, bringing together various scholars, graduate students and climate change practitioners to equip and mobilize Young Minds about climate change and societal issues. The Conference is mainly supported by Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) under the CAPaBLE Program. The conference is also co-sponsored by UNESCO. Additional sponsors are welcome to join.

The Conference is mainly focused on the multidisciplinary capacity building of graduate students of various disciplines through the sharing of knowledge and experience by experts and participants on Climate Affairs, from climate-related science to impacts to policy & economics to ethics & equity. Climate Affairs is a concept which aims to enhance the “eco-generation” of climate leaders and climate agents in their respective academic and practical areas of concern.

The Conference activities concentrate to provide the following:

—  To build scientific capacity of young students from multiple disciplines, fostering and enhancing networking processes and awareness for sustainable development options in the region.

—  To equip graduate students with usable knowledge on the importance of multidisciplinary activities in addressing climate change, regardless of their home academic discipline.

—  To enable participants to formulate a multinational networking group to develop baseline skills needed to understand climate change mitigation, adaptation and prevention measures.

—  To create awareness among the community and social leaders for identifying their roles in effective ways to combat the influences of a changing climate.

Selection of Participants: Expression email or Letter of Interest and Commitment Level. Interested undergraduates may also inquire about the conference.

Registration Fees: US$ 100 for the SAARC Countries and for Other Developing Countries from GREATER South Asia (e.g., Central and Southwest Asia to Myanmar), US$ 150 for the Developed Countries from Asia-Pacific Region

Funding: Partial or full funding may be available to the selected participants from Developing Countries

Deadline for Submission of Application with letter of interest and CV: 15 September 2010

Further details, please contact:

Michael Glantz at michael.glantz@colorado.edu

Dhiraj Pradhananga at smallearth@wlink.com.np

the agenda is available here

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Green Victory Gardens for Africa is a partnership of like-minded people from all over the world who want to see change in the sustainable development of Africa through local level, measurable and sustainable interventions to reduce the impact of climate change on society and the environment. We strive to spread the word about climate affairs, as well as, collaborate with different stakeholders at all levels by designing methods of sustainable living in the area of food production. We strive to achieve our mission by collaborating with organizations and farmer groups at the local level. The people who work for Victory Gardens in Africa are volunteers who are dedicated to sustainable development. Visit VictoryGardensforAfrica.com for more details.

April 14/15 2010
“You can call me a ‘good skeptic.’ I don’t buy everything the [climate] modelers say. I don’t buy everything the climate people say. I’ve worked with them for 40 years. I know where some of the Achilles heels are; some of the arguments,” states Dr. Mickey Glantz, the Director of the Consortium for Capacity Building, University of Colorado.
“However, I do see sea level rising. I do see the ten warmest years on record in recent times. Warm ecosystems moving up-slope, that worries me,” as do other confirmed climate change observations, which he recounts in this candid assessment of the realities of climate change and what , if anything, mankind can do about. But while Glantz recognizes the problems of forecasting the long-range impacts of climate change, for him an equally challenging issue is getting us to agree there is a problem. He asks friends and colleagues, What would it take to get you to change your views on climate change? No one can offer an answer.
He recommends moving aside the climate scientists and IPCC and convening a engineering panel to start addressing the practical aspects of how to tackle the problem, noting that ‘there is no Planet B.’
Other video presentations from the 2010 Toyota Sustainable Mobility Seminar are available on EV World.Com.

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