Category: Environment

‘Kathmandu Valley should be declared plastic bag-free area’

26 August, Kathmandu : The Environment Conservation Committee of the Legislature-Parliament has directed the government to prepare policies and structures to make the Kathmandu valley a plastic bag-free zone from beginning of 2072 BS. A meeting of the Committee held on Monday has directed the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to effectively implement the Plastic Bag Regulations and Guidelines, 2068 BS. The decision was taken by considering the standards and impacts of plastic bags use on environment. Likewise, the Committee has directed the Ministry of Industry to carry out a study on converting the plastic bags industries into cloths bag...

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Two new species of mammals found

22 August, Lalitpur: Two new species of mammals have been found in the country for the first time. The newly found animals are scientifically known as ‘steppe polecat Mustela evermanii’ locally known as kwak and ‘Tibetan wolf Canis lupus chanco’ locally known as Chengu, said Madhu Kshetri, officer at the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC). The NTNC informed it by organizing a press meet at its central office, Lalitpur today, information officer at the office Num Raj Khanal said. These animals were captured in camera at the Upper Annapurna Conservation Area on June 23 and 26 this year...

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Man-eater tiger captured

20 August, Ratnanagar (Chitwan) : A tiger which claimed the life of an officer with the Chitwan National Park, Harichand Bot, has been captured by the park staff. The predator had killed Bot yesterday while he was cleaning around the Vulture Breeding Centre at the park. The park authorities finally took the beast under control at night after repeated attempts to capture it throughout the day, informed the park. Prior to this, the same tiger which was reported to have taken the life of a woman in Tribeni of Nawaparashi, had been captured and locked in a cage at...

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River turtle mothers ‘talk’ to their hatchlings

18 August, London: Scientists in Brazil have managed to eavesdrop on underwater “turtle talk”. Their recordings have revealed that, in the nesting season, river turtles appear to exchange information vocally – communicating with each other using at least six different sounds. This included chatter recorded between females and hatchlings. The researchers say this is the first record of parental care in turtles. It shows they could be vulnerable to the effects of noise pollution, they warn. The results, published recently in the Journal Herpetologica, include recordings of the strange turtle talk. They reveal that the animals may lead much...

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Vaquita Porpoise Faces Imminent Extinction

By Virginia Morellfor National Geographic 13 August: The vaquita, a small porpoise found only in the Gulf of California, is rapidly going extinct, an international team of scientists reported earlier this month. The researchers say that the marine mammals—whose name means “little cow” in Spanish—are accidentally drowning in the gill nets local fishers deploy for fish and shrimp. A mere 97 vaquitas remain. Vaquitas are shy creatures, and rarely seen, except when they’re pulled to the surface—dead—in nets. They’ve been known to science only since 1958, when three skulls were found on a beach. At the time, it was...

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Heavy rain in Terai, some parts of hills likely: Meteorological Forecasting Division

13 August, Kathmandu: Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Meteorological Forecasting Division has predicted heavy rainfall in most parts of Terai and some parts of hills from Wednesday night to Saturday. Experts have alerted to stay cautious as heavy rain can cause landslides and inundation. Weather expert at the Division, Shanti Kandel, informed that as atmospheric system that causes rainfall is nearing Nepal, there is possibility of heavy rainfall. “There is possibility of heavy rainfall from Wednesday to Saturday in eastern and western part of the country,” she said, according to the news report published in the Nagarik daily. As...

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Forest Minister hints at stern action against those misusing Chure

11 August, Hetauda: In its attempt to conserve the Chure region, the government is planning to take stern action to groups running businesses by misusing Chure area natural resources including stones, gravels and sands. Inaugurating the third general convention of the Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal (FECOFUN) in Hetauda today, Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation Mahesh Acharya said the government was active in implementing the partnership concept in forest conservation and the Forest Consumers’ Committees should be alert on conservation of Chure. The government will make it easy for crusher entrepreneurs on production and export of stones,...

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New Komodo dragon found dead at Indonesia’s ‘death zoo’

7 August, Java (AFP): A Komodo dragon was found dead Thursday at an Indonesian zoo infamous for hundreds of animal deaths, the third of the giant lizards to perish there this year, a zoo official said. The 11-year-old male Komodo dragon died in its cage at Surabaya zoo, on the main island of Java, said Liang Kaspe, the park’s veterinary surgeon. Two of the Komodos, which are the world’s largest living lizards and have a venomous bite, died in February and June at the zoo, which is Indonesia’s biggest. An initial autopsy indicated that the latest death was caused...

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22, 000 hectares of forest encroached in Kailali

7 August, Kailali: Nearly 22,000 hectares of forest area has been encroached upon in Kailali district. Kailali district has the biggest forest area, 62 percent forest area, among 75 districts in the country. The District Forest Office, Kailali, said the forest area was encroached upon in different parts of the district in the name of freed-Kamaiya, squatters, flood-affected, schools and temples, among others. District Forest Officer Murari Prasad Pokharel said that so far 22,000 hectares forest area is infringed despite agreements were held between the political parties and local administration to displace encroachments and protect the forest area. The...

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Number of tiger increases to 198 in Nepal, with 15 tiger every year

30 July, Chitwan: Number of tiger in Nepal has reached 198 this year from 125 in 2009, which means Nepal is adding nearly 15 tiger every year to global tiger population estimated to be around 3,200. This was revelead at a programme to mark 4th Global Tiger Day on Tuesday organised jointly by Chitwan National Park and National Nature Protection Trust at Sauraha, Chitwan. In Chitwan alone, number of tiger has reached 120 this year which was 91 five years ago. According to Kamal Jung Kunwar, chief protection officer at Chitwan National Park, the number of tiger in Chitwan...

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