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22 Dec 2009 description
report Sphere India

Executive Summary

The Sphere Handbook is a tool for improving humanitarian response. It's a living document which is most widely recognized and used by the I/NGOs, United Nations agencies and different actors involved in humanitarian response. The first edition of the Handbook was published in year 2000 and the revised edition was in 2004.

08 Dec 2009 description

Press Release No.869

Geneva, 8 December 2009 (WMO) - The year 2009 is likely to rank in the top 10 warmest on record since the beginning of instrumental climate records in 1850, according to data sources compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The global combined sea surface and land surface air temperature for 2009 (January-October) is currently estimated at 0.44°C ± 0.11°C (0.79°F ± 0.20°F) above the 1961-1990 annual average of 14.00°C/57.2°F.

24 Sep 2009 description

Washington/Nairobi, 24 September 2009 -The pace and scale of climate change may now be outstripping even the most sobering predictions of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC).

An analysis of the very latest, peer-reviewed science indicates that many predictions at the upper end of the IPCC's forecasts are becoming ever more likely.

Meanwhile, the newly emerging science points to some events thought likely to occur in longer-term time horizons, as already happening or set to happen far sooner than had previously been thought.

Researchers have …

25 Jun 2009 description

New Delhi_(dpa) _ A searing heatwave across India has claimed at least 120 lives as officials warned that deficient rainfall may result in lower agricultural output and higher food prices, officials and news reports said Thursday.

Soaring temperatures accompanied by power outages and water shortages sparked off angry protests in the national capital New Delhi and the financial hub of Mumbai.

Fifty-eight people died in eastern Orissa, the state worst-affected by the heatwave, VN Sahu, an official at the emergency control room in state capital Bhubaneshwar said on the telephone.

In …

25 May 2009 description


The Royal Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi (the Embassy) has requested the assistance from Norad to undertake a Review of the Embassy's portfolio to identify possible ways and means of addressing/integrating appropriate climate change and environmental concerns in existing programs and projects supported by Norway. The Review was commissioned in response to the increased priority given to climate change and environment in Norwegian development cooperation policy.

11 May 2009 description

India - The death toll from India's annual heat wave has increased to 31, with meteorologists saying temperatures may start to ease within the next week. All of the official deaths reported so far this year have occurred in the eastern state of Orissa, where on Sunday (May 10) the meteorological department recorded temperatures as high as 114.1 degrees Fahrenheit (45.6 degrees Celsius) in the western town of Sambalpur, the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) reported.

11 May 2009 description
report Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: The death toll in the heat wave sweeping across Orissa has risen to 31 on Monday, an official said.

"The death toll due to heat wave has risen to 31," Manoranjan Chaudhury, officer on special duty in the state revenue control room, said.

The meteorological department here said many towns in the western part of the state continued to record temperatures of over 44 degrees Celsius.

"We have issued warning that the heat wave condition is likely to prevail in interior part of the state," meteorologist D C Jena said.

The highest temperature was …

09 May 2009 description
report Times of India

NEW DELHI -Orissa remained under the grip of heat wave which claimed seven more lives on Saturday taking the death toll in the state to 120 as West Bengal's capital Kolkata recorded the highest day temperature in seven years and mercury stayed above 40 degrees in most parts of northern India.

The hottest place in Orissa was Sambalpur which recorded 45.3 degrees Celsius followed by Talchar 45.2 degrees and Titlagarh 45 degrees.

Authorities in West Bengal, where 25 people were hospitalised due to heat-related illnesses, renewed the heat wave warning in the state for another 24 …

30 Apr 2009 description
report Times of India

NEW DELHI: A blistering heat wave continues to lash large parts of the country, including Orissa, where 67 people have so far died due to sunstroke.