Roundup: The Teesta River, World Water Week, and the Mountain Cryosphere

Dissertation Examines Climate Change on a South Asian River

From the Dissertation: “What is worrying is that despite a mammoth amount of research and clear evidence, climate change and its effects find no place in the bilateral negotiations and the existing draft of the Teesta agreement. It is a clearly visible ticking time bomb and yet, large dams continue to be built and the signs continue to be neglected or at best, be ‘fixed’ by temporary measures. Governments at state and central level might have different agendas, but they are unanimous in their dismissive attitude towards the profound effects of climate change sweeping across the basin.”

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Photo of the Teesta River
The Teesta River, one of the subjects of the dissertation (Source: International Rivers/Twitter)


World Water Week Includes a Session on the Andes

From World Water Week: “World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organized by SIWI. In 2018, World Water Week will address the theme ‘Water, ecosystems and human development.’ In 2017, over 3,300 individuals and around 380 convening organizations from 135 countries participated in the week. Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today.”

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Photo of the opening of World Water Week
The Mayor of Stockholm kicks off World Water Week on Monday morning (Source: Ground Truth 2.0/Twitter).


Loss and Damage in the Mountain Cryosphere

From Regional Environmental Change: “The mountain cryosphere, which includes glaciers, permafrost, and snow, is one of the Earth’s systems most strongly affected by climate change… In international climate policy, there has been growing momentum to address the negative impacts of climate change, or ‘Loss and Damage’ (L&D) from climate change. It is not clear exactly what can and should be done to tackle L&D, but researchers and practitioners are beginning to engage with policy discussions and develop potential frameworks and supporting information. Despite the strong impact of climate change on the mountain cryosphere, there has been limited interaction between cryosphere researchers and L&D. Therefore, little work has been done to consider how L&D in the mountain cryosphere might be conceptualized, categorized, and assessed.”

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Table of loss and damage categories
Relation between the type of events and the different categories of loss and damage (Source: Huggel et al.)