Category: Environment

Rising Sea Levels Are Exposing Bodies of Buried WWII Soldiers

8 June: During United Nations-sponsored climate change talks in Germany, the foreign minister of the Marshall Islands said 26 skeletons of World War II soldiers washed up after their graves were exposed by rising sea levels. Said Foreign Minister Tony de Brum: There are coffins and dead people being washed away from graves— it’s that serious. Even the dead are affected.” The soldiers are believed to be Japanese. The Marshall Islands are particularly precarious in their perch; the nation, made up of 29 atolls, is roughly just six feet above sea level. With sea levels predicted to rise by three-to-six feet by...

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Hetuadu is Nepal’s cleanest city

June 6, Kathmandu: Hetauda Municipality of Makwanpur District has been declared the cleanest city in the country for 2014. The declaration was made on the the occasion of the World Environment Day by the Solid Waste Management Technical Support Centre under the Ministry of Urban Development declared The municipality was honoured with a cash prize of Rs 5 lakhs and a Letter of Appreciation during a programme organised in Lalitpur to announce the Cleanest City-2014. Dharan municipality of Sunsari was second, while Bhaktapur municipality third. They were honoured with Rs 3 lakhs and Rs 2 lakhs, respectively, and a Letter of Appreciation...

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Chief Secretary Poudel awarded Rs 75,000 for role in Bagmati cleaning

June 5, Kathmandu: Chief Secretary Leelamani Poudel was awarded with Rs 75,000 for his role in Bagmati cleaning campaign, at a program organised to mark World Environment Day. Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam gave away the award amidst a special program organized at Nepal Academy in the capital. Poudel handed over the money to Meghalaya, an organization working for the conservation of rivers. Simialrly, journalists Subodh Gautam and Madhav Aryal were also awarded with cash prize of Rs 25,000 for their contribution to environmental journalism. Shanti Chaudhary of Kirtipur was awarded with Rs 1, 00,000 for her role on the environmental...

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Nepal marking World Environment Day

5 June, Kathmandu: Different programs are being organized across the country today to mark the World Environment Day. The Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment in association with different donor agencies is organizing different programs. The programs include interaction, seminar, speech, rallies and others. Likewise, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala is attending a special program to be organized at Academy Hall today before leaving for China. Slogan for this year’s World Environment Day is ‘Raise your Voice, not the Sea Level.’ But, Nepal is marking the day under the theme of “Save Himalayas, Preserve Environment”. World Environment Day is an annual event...

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Political instability to blame for Nepal’s Chure denudation

4 June, Kathmandu: President Dr Ram Baran Yadav has stressed for political stability for preservation of the Chure Hills, which continue to face grave threats from deforestation, excessive extraction of sand, stones and boulders as well as other human activities, today’s Republica reports. Political stability always has a direct correlation with management and mismanagement of the Chure hills, Dr Yadav said. “If you look at the period of four years of the first CA, politics was unstable; we saw the judiciary assuming the role of the executive in this very period,” the President said. Dr Yadav said that political...

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Cleanliness drive in Singha Durbar becoming effective

2  June, Kathmandu: The Singha Durbar Secretariat Reconstruction Committee has stepped up efforts to implement cleanliness measures on the premises of the central administrative headquarters. Chief of Committee Girija Prasad Gorkhali said they have issued directives to the concerned canteen operators to dispose waste properly. The Committee has provided two color-coded recycling bins each to all 26 canteens for segregating waste, today’s THT reports. The canteens and 50 government buildings, including 25 ministries, produced a truckload of trash daily. The Committee has also formed a monitoring and inspection team to regulate waste management, and can issue warning to canteens and...

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Army deployment for Chure conservation !

2  June, Kathmandu: Minister for  Forests and Soil Conservation Mahesh Acharya has hinted at the possibility of Army deployment for Chure conservation if the demand for it comes from a national-level consultation of stakeholders,  today’s The Kathmandu Post reports. Acharya said it was possible to deploy Nepal Army personnel in some pocket areas of Chure region  that are being degraded by deforestation and illegal extraction of natural resources. Minister Acharya was speaking at an interaction organized by the Nepal Forum of Environment Journalist on Sunday. The statement comes a day after the Federation of Community Forestry Users’ Nepal that...

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DAO against Fewa Lake encroachment

  30 May, Pokhara: The District Administration Office (DAO), Kaski, has said its attention has been drawn to ill egal structures being built on the banks of Fewa Lake– the major tourism hub in the district. Fewa Boating Entrepreneurs’s Association had started building a structure for docking boats without permission from the authority, two weeks ago. Official Ramji Koirala said those involved in the ilegal activity would be called for clarification. The office will also inform Pokhara Valley Town Development Committee, Pokhara Sub-metropolitan city and other organizations, today’s The Himalayan Times reports. The association is piling stones on the...

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Australian environmentalists welcome bank wariness on reef port

24 May, SYDNEY (AFP) : Environmentalists on Saturday welcomed Deutsche Bank’s reluctance to invest in a major port expansion near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, saying it reflected global concern about the project. Australia gave the green light to the major coal port expansion for India’s Adani Group at Abbot Point on the Great Barrier Reef coast last year subject to strict environmental conditions. But conservationists slammed the approval, warning it would hasten the natural wonder’s demise given it is under pressure from climate change, land-based pollution and crown-of-thorn starfish outbreaks. At its annual general meeting in Europe on Friday, Deutsche Bank said its policy for dealing with activities in or near World Heritage Sites ruled it out of investing in Abbot Point. “Deutsche Bank does not support activities when the government and UNESCO do not agree that the planned activities do not place the exceptional universal value of the site at risk,” the bank said. “As we have seen, there is currently no consensus between UNESCO and the Australian government regarding the expansion of Abbot Point in the vicinity of the Great Barrier Reef. “Our policy requires such a consensus at the least. We therefore would not consider applications for the financing of an expansion any further.” UNESCO has stated concerns about coastal development proposed in the region including port and coal operations, with the body expected to discuss the...

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India hits U.S., China with solar imports anti-dumping duties

23 May, NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India will impose anti-dumping duties on solar panels imported from the United States, China, Taiwan and Malaysia to protect domestic solar manufacturers, according to a government statement seen by Reuters on Friday. The order, almost certain to anger India’s trading partners, sets duties of between 11 and 81 U.S. cents per watt and comes after a investigation which started in 2011. The ruling by a quasi-judicial body has to be published by the Finance Ministry before it takes effect. The decision adds to India’s growing trade disputes just before Narendra Modi takes office...

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