Category: Environment

Indonesia closer to approve Paris Agreement on climate change bill

18 Oct, Jakarta: Indonesia’s parliament will discuss and expectedly approve the Paris Agreement on climate change bill at the plenary session Wednesday, moving the country to real actions in fighting emissions. Forestry and Environmental Minister Siti Nurbaya on Tuesday welcomed the parliament committee’s decision to submit the bill into the upcoming plenary session. She expected the plenary session would enact law on the nation’s ratification on Paris Agreement, reached at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris in December last year. Indonesia signed the Paris Agreement in April this year.”Indonesia will get a lot of benefits from...

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Govt deposits instrument of ratification of Paris Agreement on Climate Change

6 Oct, Kathmandu: The government deposited the instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, through the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations in New York, with the UN Secretary-General on Wednesday. Following the decision of the Legislature-Parliament on October 4 in this regard, the instrument of ratification sighed by Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat was transmitted to the Permanent Mission by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with the registration of Nepal’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) with UNFCCC Secretariat in the German city of Bonn by the Ministry of Population and...

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Lakes, snowmelt-fed streams on Mars formed much later than previously thought

NASA has found evidence that lakes and snowmelt-fed streams on Mars formed much later than previously thought. Scientists have previously documented an earlier era of wet conditions on ancient Mars. However, new observations — collected by the NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and analyzed by scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory — have revealed that lakes and streams appeared roughly a billion years later. NASA says these results provide insight into the climate history of the Red Planet and suggest the surface conditions at this later time may also have been suitable for microbial life. “We discovered valleys that carried...

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Global warming impacting human life: Minister Joshi

14 Sept, Kathmandu: Minister for Population and Environment Jayadev Joshi today said the climate change consisted of a direct impact on human life. At an interaction on climate change held at Bhimduttanagar of Kanchanpur, the Minister said the ballooning population size was having a negative impact on the environment now. Stating that various forms of epidemic were taking place due to the global warming, Minister Joshi said the Ministry was making various efforts to mitigate the problem seen in the...

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Climate change affects agriculture, biodiversity in Gandaki River Basin: Study

12 August, Kathmandu: Climate change has taken its toll on agriculture, water resources, tourism and biodiversity in the Gandaki River Basin, said a study carried out by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal. The pilot study was conducted in the area covering Rasuwa, Nuwakot and Chitwan districts. The report was made public at a two-day workshop organised by the ICIMOD in the Capital recently to make concerned stakeholders and the affected locals aware of the risk of climate change, its impact and ways to combat it. Meanwhile, speaking at the event, director of the ICIMOD Yeklabya...

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Mustang records 17 snow leopards

1 August, Mustang: A total of 17 snow leopards have been found at the trans-Himalayan district of Mustang. An NGO, ‘Green Forest’, revealed the findings after a research carried out in collaboration with the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). For the past three years ACAP has been running a campaign to protect wildlife and control poaching through VDC level conservation committees in all of the 16 VDCs of the district which has resulted in the surge in the snow leopard population. There had not been any official count on the snow leopard population in Mustang before. The district has...

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Rain and rallies clog traffic at major thoroughfares

1 August, Kathmandu: The traffic congestion in major roads within the Kathmandu Valley cannot only be blamed on the growing number of vehicles while the crucial roles played by torrential rains and sporadic rallies laced with mostly political sloganeering cannot be shunned. The number of vehicles is increasing in addition to the narrow streets which cause traffic jams, according to Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Milan Basnet. “More than 850,000 vehicles ply the roads in Kathmandu Valley and the road network amounts to only 1,500 kilometres of area, due to which we see many...

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Ex-Army men return to save wildlife

1 August, Chitwan: As the renowned Chitwan National Park (CNP) marks the second consecutive zero poaching year the share of achieving such remarkable feat also goes to the effort put in place by the former members of the Nepal Army. A network of former servicemen led by former Nepal Army Major Sher Bahadur Dham of Jagatpur, who retired after 34 years in service, is lending a helping hand in the effort to end poaching. CNP Chief Conservation Officer, Ram Chandra Kandel, said the network is proving to be very effective as the former military men and employees come with...

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Climate change as dangerous as terrorism

23 July, WASHINGTON: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that climate change is as dangerous as, if not more than, the threats posed by the Islamic State and other extremist groups. Speaking Friday in Vienna at an international climate change conference, Kerry said the issue might not get as much public attention as terrorism but that the meeting is as important as a Thursday gathering he hosted in Washington on combatting the Islamic State. “What you are doing here right now is of equal importance, because it has the ability literally to save life on this planet,”...

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Nepal to host regional conference on climate change adaptation

24 May, Kathmandu: In light of the growing prevalence of natural disasters and increased vulnerability to climate change in the South Asia, a regional conference on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation has been scheduled for May 26-27 in the capital. The two-day event will be organised by the European Union in collaboration with the International Union for Conversation of Nature, Center for South Asian Studies and DAI Europe. Information about this was shared at a press meet Monday. International speakers from the South Asia share will share their diverse experience and expertise on the topics such as...

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