KATHMANDU, Feb 23: The production of hydropower projects based on river flow has decreased rapidly in the dry season, posing a challenge to Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) in power management.

It has been almost seven decades since planned development began in Nepal. To date, Nepal has implemented 15 periodic plans, and the draft of the 16th Plan is currently in the final stages of preparation. This five-year plan is set to commence from the next fiscal year.

KATHMANDU, Feb 17: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal asserted that Nepal deserves climate justice as its role in the climate crisis is negligible compared to other countries.

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: The government has introduced the Green Hydrogen Policy, 2080 BS with an aim to promote the green hydrogen sector. The policy aims to advance the production and utilization of green hydrogen by using electricity produced from renewable sources such as hydropower to minimize the impacts of climate change.

Climate change has adversely impacted lives, livelihoods, and the economy worldwide, and Nepal is no exception. The impact of climatic risks on agricultural production, households, and physical assets can be quantified based on market prices. However, the disaster's impact is not limited to the economic sector; it equally affects biological and social life, causing damage to the ground, terrain, cultural heritage, local knowledge, and impacting human life, health, and transportation.

The effects of climate change were visible on the mountain slopes of Baadasur while walking through the natural trail on a hiking trip at the beginning of January. The Rhododendron, which normally starts blooming in the second week of February and lasts until April under regular climatic conditions, is now observed blooming in the middle of winter. This anomaly indicates the adverse effects of climate change due to global warming.

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: As the temperature of the earth is increasing, it has invited various climate related disasters around the world. In terms of climate risk in the world, Nepal is on the leading list. Every year, floods, landslides, melting and exploding glaciers, heavy rains, floods and fires are increasing.

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: A contempt case has been registered in the Supreme Court (SC) against Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal and other ministers for not implementing the judgment of the SC.

KATHMANDU, Dec 16: The effects of climate change on mountains have been reflected in the decisions of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP-28) for the first time.

KATHMANDU, Dec 15: Most of the victims of disasters induced by climate change are children, according to police data.

DHULIKHEL, Dec 13: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has urged Kathmandu University to conduct more research on climate change and its impact.

GANDAKI, Dec 9: Finance Minister Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat has said it is imperative for Nepal to reduce climate change impacts. Inaugurating the 8th Mountain Festival organized by Nepal Mountaineering Association in Pokhara on Friday, climate change has hit the mountainous countries like Nepal and mountain culture as well.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Dec 6: For the sixth month in a row, Earth set a new monthly record for heat, and also added the hottest autumn to the litany of record-breaking heat this year, the European climate agency calculated.

KATHMANDU, Dec 5: President Ram Chandra Paudel emphasized that nations affected by climate change, including Nepal, should stand to benefit significantly from financial and technical assistance aimed at mitigating its impact.

KATHMANDU, Dec 3: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched a scheme to help assess and manage climate and disaster risks in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region.

DUBAI, Dec 1:Nearly 200 nations agreed Thursday to launch a fund to support countries hit by global warming, in a "historic" moment at the start of UN climate talks in the oil-rich UAE. The landmark announcement came as the Emirati host of the COP28 talks declared that fossil fuels must be part of any final climate deal negotiated over the next two weeks.

KATHMANDU, Nov 27: Our shared home, Earth, is in crisis due to climate change. The rising temperatures are disrupting the natural systems of our planet. This crisis extends beyond the challenges faced by human existence, affecting animals that depend on Earth as well.

Growing calls for the world to come to grips with the many ways that global warming affects human health have prompted the first day dedicated to the issue at crunch UN climate talks starting next week.

KATHMANDU, Nov 26: With the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-28) just around the corner, climate change experts have advocated for  a separate dedicated ministry or agency  specifically to deal with the climate change issue in Nepal. The COP-28 is set to convene in Dubai from this Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Nov 25: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), with support from Norway, have joined hands for a three-year project to strengthen Nepal’s school education system’s response to climate change.

KATHMANDU, Nov 21: Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have urged the government to work towards ensuring climate justice for Nepal at the upcoming COP-28.

KATHMANDU, Nov 3: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said Nepal should present its claim clearly this time for the solution to the problems it is facing due to climate change.

During his four-day official visit to Nepal, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres delivered a powerful message with significant implications for the nation's future. As he departed for New York on Wednesday, his visit left an indelible mark, emphasizing the importance of addressing climate change, concluding the transitional justice process in Nepal, and promoting peace in the region. Guterres' visit coincided with the upcoming United Nations Climate Conference, COP-28, set to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, at the end of this year.

KATHMANDU, Oct 18: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal left for Mustang this morning.

KATHMANDU, Oct 16: A recent scientific study has uncovered the alarming cost of climate change, estimating that approximately Rs 2.13 billion (equivalent to 10.6 million US dollars) is being lost every hour due to extreme weather events caused by rising global temperatures. This study marks the first comprehensive estimate of the economic damage resulting from human-induced climate change.

KATHMANDU, Oct 1: Despite the pressing global challenge of climate change and its severe implications for Nepal, the recently released concept paper of the 16th Periodic Plan by the Nepali government has omitted any mention of climate change. This glaring omission has raised concerns among experts and officials who consider it both unnatural and unexpected, given Nepal's vulnerability to climate-related disasters.

KATHMANDU, Sept 15: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has directed all stakeholders to resolve the problems and challenges created by climate change by managing and implementing appropriate policies and programs.

KATHMANDU, Sept 12: Increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather conditions have posed a significant challenge to tourism businesses.

KATHMANDU, Sept 9: CPN (Maoist Centre) lawmaker Madhav Sapkota has said that impacts seen in some mega infrastructure projects recently initiated by Nepal were due to effects of climate change.

Climate change poses a grave threat to Nepal due to its geographical location, mountainous terrain, and dependence on climate-sensitive sectors like agriculture and water resources. The melting of glaciers, changes in precipitation patterns, increased frequency of natural disasters, and impacts on livelihoods and biodiversity make it a critical issue for the country.

PARIS, June 23: Singers including Billie Eilish and Lenny Kravitz, politicians and activists took to the stage in Paris on Thursday at a concert calling for action on climate change and inequality as world leaders met at the Summit for a New Global Financing Pact.

KATHMANDU, June 22: Himalayan glaciers providing critical water to nearly two billion people are melting faster than ever before due to climate change, exposing communities to unpredictable and costly disasters, scientists warned Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, May 30: Nepal is among the countries that are at high risk of climate change due to its geographical topography and geomorphologic characteristics. According to the latest statistics, the annual average temperature of Nepal has increased by 0.056 degrees Celsius.

Climate change has emerged as the gravest and most formidable challenge facing our modern world. Its catastrophic repercussions extend far beyond the environment, posing an imminent threat to the very existence of humanity itself. Shockingly, despite Nepal's negligible contribution to global climate change, it stands among the nations enduring the harshest and most devastating impacts.

DOLPA, May 7: Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) Indira Rana Magar, Supreme Court (SC) Justice Sapana Pradhan Malla and others have arrived in Phoksundo area of Dolpa district to take stock of the impacts of climate change on the local community.

The pressing issue of climate change and its devastating impact on our planet is on everyone's mind these days. As we witness rapid and unprecedented changes taking place in our environment, many are seeking advice on how to deal with this global crisis, turning to alternative philosophies and spiritual traditions.

KATHMANDU, May 3: The death of a US climber on Mount Everest, the fourth fatality this season, has shone a spotlight on the dangers of scaling the world's highest peak.

Land, Livelihood and Climate Change

April 22, 2023 08:30 am

The impact of climate change on land, agriculture, and vulnerable populations is critical to ensuring sustainable livelihoods and food security. Land, forests, and water are essential for sustaining productivity, livelihoods, and food security. Access to and control over land is a cross-cutting issue that impacts a range of human rights, directly affecting their enjoyment.

Promoting climate resiliency and cross-hub collaboration for sustainable development in the region is the key objective of the event.

Green City: An Inevitable Necessity

March 7, 2023 08:15 am

A growing city should cope with a variety of growing demands. These demands acknowledge industrialization and urbanization, which are two major factors responsible for global unsustainability. As such, the natural environment experiences deforestation, rapid consumption of fossil fuels, leading to the depletion of natural resources, air and water pollution, greenhouse effects, and climate change.

KATHMANDU, March 3: On the occasion of International Women's Day, a special interaction is set to be held at Syangboche in Solukhumbu,  where the world's highest peak Mount Everest stands, to draw the world's attention to the impact of climate change on the lives of mountain people.

Rihanna is backing her belief that climate change is a social-justice issue by pledging $15 million to the movement through her Clara Lionel Foundation.

As we all know, the earth's life is being threatened by ongoing climate change, and certain changes are occurring. Climate change is a danger to both human life and the survival of all animal species on the planet. In recent decades, the phenomenon has been observed all over the world, resulting in a rise in global temperature, and its influence is now being felt internationally.

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: South Asian journalists reporting on climate change and environmental issues have formed a regional forum to highlight the growing climate crisis and the need for increased climate actions in the region.

'Snow-capped mountains turning black'

January 24, 2023 13:05 pm

SINDHUPALCHOWK, Jan 24: Until some years back, the mountain ridges were snow-capped during the winter season.

What’s your mental picture of the impacts of climate change? Starving polar bears, prolonged drought, rising sea levels, inundated cities, melting glaciers?But have you ever thought about the loss of cultural components because of climate change? If your answer is “no”, you’re in the same boat as most people.

The biophysical threats of climate change are compounded by the socio-economic and political vulnerability of informal settlements. Increasing population density, high incidence of poverty, low literacy rate, poor institutional capacity, and limited or no access to financial services compound the threat of climate change.

KATHMANDU, Dec 28: Climate crisis is a major problem but developing nations such as Nepal are not committed to manage and carry the burden of such global problems. Despite certain political decisions being made in regards to national climate policy and the political parties backing the issue of climate change and environment in their election manifestoes, implementation of national climate strategies seems a pipedream in Nepal. The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC)’s framework of the Paris Agreement explicitly allows countries to simultaneously consider national policies and global climate objectives, but often in our communities where climate actions are crucial, the interactions between states are neglected, leading to an unclear picture of the decision-making process in climate change.

KATHMANDU, Nov 30: Nepali authorities should urgently bolster public health systems that struggled during a dengue fever outbreak in recent months, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. Dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases are projected to become more widespread and severe in Nepal as a result of warming temperatures linked to climate change.

The Himalayas are warming at 0.3-0.7°C faster than the global average due to a situation called ‘Elevation Dependent Warming’. At the current course, the mountains will lose two-thirds of permanent ice. A major portion of the Himalayas lies in Nepal which faces extreme difficulties from the effects of global warming.