Category: Environment

Westerly wind brings cloudy condition

16 Feb, Kathmandu: Many places in the country including the Kathmandu Valley today saw partially cloudy conditions due to the influence of the Westerly winds. Meteorologist Subhash Rimal said although the Westerly has caused cloudy condition, there was no possibility of rain. “The influence of the Westerly wind that started from Wednesday will lead to a drop in day-time temperature and this system will last for two to three days,” weatherman Rimal said. He added that although there are no chances of rain since the Westerly wind is not packed with much water vapour to the extent of causing...

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Drone cameras to be used to check garbage disposal into Bagmati

11 Feb, Kathmandu: Anyone used to throwing garbage into Bagmati river? Beware! You may be caught and booked. As part of the Bagmati Clean-Up Campaign that reached its 196th weeks today, a team of people from Seoul University in South Korea is there to monitor to make sure that the river is clean. As part of its job, the team will monitor with drone cameras and take pictures of those littering the river or encroaching upon the land belonging to the river (if any) and help book the rule violators. The team is expected to keep records of those...

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Frog species becoming extinct

5 Feb, Kanchanpur : Increasing use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides has pushed many species of frogs in Nepal towards extinction. The amphibians otherwise easily found in the fields, ponds, lakes and rivers have become rare. And that has been attributed to the haphazard used of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, says Man Singh Bhandari, who has been involved in the study of frogs. The use of poison to fish in river has also contributed to the extinction of many frog species. Barking of frogs was a common scene during the rainy reason but that has become rare since the...

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11 metric tonnes of solid wastage scooped up from major rivers in Valley

14 Jan, Kathmandu: A total of 11 metric tonnes of solid waste was extracted from the Bagmati River and its various tributaries in the Kathmandu Valley. Seven metric tonnes of solid waste was collected from Singamanal-Tilganga stretch of the Bagmati River under the Bagmati River Clean-Up Campaign that entered 192nd week today, according to sociologist Purusottam Kandel of the High-Powered Committee for Integrated Development of the Bagmati Civilization. In attendance in the clean-up drive were the officials from the Kathmandu Metropolitan City, personnel of the Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force, Nepal, campaigners as well as the...

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Global warming impact detected on water sources in Bajura

10 Jan, Bajura: A total of 15 village development committees of the district have been selected for protecting the drinking water resources from global warming. The communities with access to the water resources in the village have formed a group to repair the old infrastructure and identify the problems to save the sources, District Soil Conservation Office, Bajura Chief Khem Raj Regmi said. Regmi said Mountain Watershed Climate Change Adaptation Project will be enforced to resolve the problems of the damaged caused to the water resources by global warming and the tendency of the sources to dry up. The...

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10 tonnes of solid waste scooped up from Rivers in valley

7 Jan, Kathmandu: Around 10 tonnes of solid waste were extracted from various rivers in the Kathmandu valley including Bagmati River and its tributaries at various places in the Valley today as a part of the Bagmati Clean-Up Campaign that entered 191st week today. Rajesh Prasad Singh, Chief of the High-Powered Committee for Intregrated Development of Bagmati Civilization, told RSS that the volunteers, stakeholders and the campaigners assembled to clean up the river of cultural significance were divided into two groups. One group was involved in extraction of solid waste and its management extract solid waste while the other...

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Quake-stricken at the receiving end of peak winter’s inclement weather

3 Jan, Melamchi: The increasing cold has made life difficult in the alpine areas of the Sindhupalchowk district with quake-stricken at the receiving end of the government’s apathy and the inclement weather. The slight drizzle accompanied with the chill weather and a thick blanket of dense fog in the mountainous regions from Sunday has disrupted normal life. Many villagers rendered homeless in the massive earthquake of April 25, 2015 are facing another winter in temporary shelter. A local villager, Karmatokpe Lama, has been living under a temporary shelter at Shermathang, after the earthquake destroyed his only residence. “We have...

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World cities seek $375 bn to fight climate change

3 Dec, Mexico City: The world’s big cities will need $375 billion of investment to curb climate change, a large gathering of mayors heard in Mexico on Thursday. “It is a lot, but there is no other option. Together we will seek that money,” said the new president of the C40 network of big cities, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo. If that amount is made available “humanity will have a chance of surviving,” she told a gathering of C40 mayors in Mexico. The mayors were meeting to plot strategy in the face of climate skepticism from US President-elect Donald Trump....

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Low pressure prompts weather change, rain expected in eastern parts

  28 Nov, Kathmandu: The effect of low pressure that has developed up to 1.5 kilometres from the surface has brought about a sudden change in the weather in Nepal also. According to the Weather Forecasting Division, especially the eastern and central regions of the country will witness cloudy conditions fur to this. The hilly areas of the eastern and central region will see generally cloudy conditions while the Tarai belt in the eastern and far-western region will witness foggy weather. Meteorologist at the Division Shanti Kandel said the weather has gotten cold throughout the country including the Kathmandu...

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UN chief ‘sure’ Trump will reconsider climate change stance

16 Nov, Marrakech, Morocco: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he hopes Donald Trump will shift course on global warming and “understand the seriousness and urgency” of addressing the problem. “As president of the United States I’m sure that he will understand this, he will listen and he will evaluate his campaign remarks,” Ban said Tuesday. Trump has called global warming a “hoax” and pledged during his campaign to “cancel” the landmark Paris climate agreement adopted last year. Speaking to reporters at his last U.N. climate conference as secretary-general, Ban said he’s sure the president-elect “will make a good, wise...

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