Six years on, many quake victims in Capital Valley unable to rebuild housesBy Indira Aryal
It has been well over six years since the devastating Gorkha earthquake hit the country. Nepal Reconstruction Authority (NRA), which was formed to repair the physical damage, recently completed its six-year tenure. However, many individual houses in three districts of the Kathmandu Valley are standing with the support of wooden logs.
Migratory Birds In NepalBy Indira Aryal
Birds symbolise a free spirit and inspire many to enjoy the freedom and aim higher in life. After seeing a bird in the sky, a person often wishes to fly like it and roam around places with a free spirit to enjoy life to its fullest. Though we often see a flock of birds flying high or low in the sky, we often have no idea about the difficult journey many of these birds undertake during their migration to reach our land. Every winter season, several migratory birds flying from thousands of miles...
Winter rains, snowfall affect normal life nationwideBy Indira Aryal
The country from Ilam in the east to Baitadi in the west has been witnessing rain and snowfall from Tuesday night. While it is raining in the lower hills and the Terai, snowfall has affected life in the high hilly and Himalayan regions. The Kathmandu Valley is also receiving rainfall and snow from Tuesday night. While the city was drenched with rain, the high hills surrounding the valley received snowfall. The rains and snowfall have intensified cold prompting denizens to make a fire to keep...
Waste burning puts human health at riskBy Indira Aryal
On Monday morning, a group of young people huddled around the burning waste nearby Koteshwor and gossiped to fend off extreme cold. With the peak of winter, the scenario is similar in almost every chowk, open space and on the river banks where most homeless people stay. But experts warn waste burning entails numerous health problems. Burning waste is a significant source of dangerous chemicals like dioxins, furans, and black carbon, which is found most dangerous to human health, experts said. This...
Glacial retreat in Everest region 10-60 metres per year: StudyBy Indira Aryal
Nepal is among the countries which are most vulnerable to climate change, the impacts of which have been observed in several sectors such as water, agriculture, and biodiversity, and the cryosphere. Glacier retreats, temperature increases, erratic rainfall and an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme climatic events are some impacts of climate change in the country. Several studies have reported an increase in temperatures in Nepal over the past few decades.
Wood Snipes wane with loss of habitat, breeding groundBy Indira Aryal
The Wood Snipe Gallinago nemoricola, which is listed as globally Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List and National Red List of Nepal, is on the verge of extinction due to habitat destruction for its breeding. The species of bird is a rare and little-known species that breeds in the Himalayan alpine regions. Despite being globally threatened, detailed information on its status and distribution is largely lacking and outdated, said ornithologist Hari Basnet of Nepal Ornithological Union.
Tiger census to begin from December 5By Indira Aryal
The country is going to start the National Tiger Survey from all the tiger-inhabiting national parks and nearby forests across the country from December 5. The census which is led by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), is being launched from Chitwan National Park (CNP). Minister for Forest and Environment Ramsahay Prasad Yadav will inaugurate the National Survey in Sauraha of CNP on December 5.
Glasgow Summit fails to forge deal to meet LDCs expectationsBy Indira Aryal
The much-awaited 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Glasgow, Scotland, has drawn mixed reactions towards combating climate change. There are signs of progress where developing world’s issues were seriously discussed and possibility of mitigation could move ahead if plans are executed to decrease already rising earth’s temperature.
Anthropogenic activities causing decline in raptor populationBy Indira Aryal
The majority of the raptors (birds of prey), which play a unique role in the ecosystem and are regarded as effective indicators of environmental health, are now in decline due mainly to anthropogenic causes. Power lines, poisoning and persecution are significant threats to raptors, especially to rare eagles and vultures in Nepal, said a recently published research on “Threats to Raptors in Nepal.” Electrocution by overhead power lines, general disturbance, and climate change are the major threats...
Resources Himalaya wins $20,000 Wenhui AwardBy Indira Aryal
The Foundation received the award ‘online’ at a programme on Saturday organised in Beijing, China by UNESCO. UNESCO has been awarding this prize to those who have made outstanding contributions to educational innovation in the Asia-Pacific region.