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South Asia is constituted by eight developing countries where India, the largest of the 7, shares borders with six of them viz. Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. All of these countries, except the island nations of Sri Lanka and Maldives share land borders with India. Nepal and Bhutan are landlocked. The region has several major interstate rivers plus a common sea coastline extending from Pakistan in the west to Bangladesh in the east. However,... Read more...
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Maldives is a country that houses a population of about 320,000 with a GDP of approximately US $3500 with an annual growth rate of approximately 7-9% over the last decade. The Maldives is constituted by about 1,192 islands with about 192 inhabited islands spanning an area of approximately 300 sq kms. The region is vulnerable to: 1) Beach Erosion 2) Damage to Infrastructure... Read more...
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The warming in the greater Himalayas has been much greater than the global average: for example, 0.6 degrees Celsius per decade in Nepal compared with a global average of 0.74 degrees Celsius over the last 100 years. Research has shown that the deposition of black soot and emission of aerosols is accelerating the meltdown of the glaciers, particularly in the Himalayan regions. The black soot that deposits on the top layer of the snow; absorbs more heat and therefore leads to a ... Read more...
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  The rapid rise in global food and energy prices has created political and economic stress all over South Asia with serious strategic implications for India, Pakistan, and the region at large. The energy crisis is the most immediate. With oil hovering around $120 a barrel, developing nations with high energy demands like India and Pakistan are particularly vulnerable. The food crisis, on the other hand, is more systemic. While rising energy costs have exacerbated inflation and c... Read more...
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