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.

SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 11: The World Bank is ready to step up financing of action to tackle climate change in the world's poorest countries, but needs fresh funds from wealthy donor countries to do so, its managing director of operations told Reuters.

EGYPT, Nov 10: Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizens, Uma Regmi, has said that the fragile topography and high population of South Asian countries have posed them to high risk of climate change impacts. Minister Regmi put forth such views at a meeting of the environment ministers from South Asia under the ongoing COP-27 in Sharm El Sheikh city of Egypt on Wednesday.

KARNALI, Oct 1: With the rise in the temperature in mountainous regions due to climate change, dengue cases have been detected.

KATHMANDU, Sept 19: As Nepal is extremely vulnerable to climate change, the country is going to conduct a national survey this year to account for the overall impact of climate change.

One of the most vulnerable countries in terms of climate change in the world, Nepal warrants a great deal of attention in managing vulnerabilities and to ensure the development goals are sufficiently resilient to withstand environmental shocks that the future may bring.

KATHMANDU, Sept 7: Minister for Forests and Environment, Pradeep Yadav has said that his ministry is committed to addressing the climate change problems.

KATHMANDU, August 31: Experts have said that the concessional loan agreement signed between the World Bank and Nepal on Monday for the purpose of getting assistance to avoid and adapt to climate-related disasters is not in accordance with the international norms on climate finance and the stance that Nepal has been is taking at international forums. In the field of climate-sustainability and adaptation, their argument is that it is completely wrong to take a loan as the financial assistance given to an underdeveloped and at-risk country like Nepal should be in the form of grants.

Not a single meeting of the National Council on Environment Protection and Climate Change Management has not been since it was formed three years ago

Climate change is affecting every inhabited region across the globe. There has been rapid warming of the climate as a result of human activity over the last 2000 years. The most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change are the least developed countries, like Nepal. It has become increasingly difficult for communities because of unpredictable and extreme weather events, especially those that are already vulnerable to climate stresses.

ATHENS/LONDON, July 21: Emergency services battled wildfires across swathes of southern Europe amid mass evacuations on Wednesday, as warnings sounded in London after Britain's hottest day that the fight against climate change needed to be stepped up.

KATHMANDU, June 1: Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) has initiated a campaign “Eliminating single-use plastics from hotel rooms” to promote eco-friendly products for green hospitality in the hotel industry.

KATHMANDU, May 3: Political parties taking part in the upcoming local level elections slated for May 13 and their candidates have incorporated various issues of public concern in their election manifestos.

KATHMANDU, March 27: Photojournalist Monika Malla has been awarded in the photo competition organized by UN Women on climate change and its impact on women. She was able to secure the second position in the competition.

KATHMANDU, March 18: Nepal has drawn attention of the international community stating that there was a serious impact on people's livelihood due to increased dryness in the rivers and snow melting as the result of rise in temperature.

KATHMANDU, March 14: Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Pampha Bhusal has said that recent developments are increasing the risks of climate change.

‘Women in the Himalayan region are still going through the ups and downs of inequality and discrimination. Illiteracy and health problems make life really, really difficult for women in the region.’

SOLUKHUMBU, March 9: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said the government has kept the climate change impacts reduction policy in its priority.

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: Women in leadership roles in various walks of life are trekking to the Base Camp of Mt Everest to call global attention to the adverse impact of climate change.

KATHMANDU, Jan 12: Experts have shown concerns over the increase of microplastics in the snow and water sources in the Himalayan regions of the country due to an influx in climbers and trekkers heading toward the mountains and other factors, which help to increase the impact of climate change.

BRUSSELS, Jan 11: Last year was the world's fifth hottest on record, while levels of planet-warming carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere hit new highs in 2021, European Union scientists said.

KATHMANDU, Jan 1: A report on a study on climate change has made public the fact that the area and volume of glaciers in the Himalayan region are declining. The study report conducted by Transparency International (TI) Nepal in collaboration with ICIMOD and other organizations was made public in the capital on Friday.

Plastic pollution has touched every aspect of life on earth and has become a problem of the century along with climate change and biodiversity loss. Despite a large number of researches showing the impacts of plastic on marine life and also the amount of plastic humans consume due to contamination of food, the production and use/consumption of plastic largely remains unregulated.

Climate Change Effect on Health

December 22, 2021 06:30 am

Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250 thousand deaths per year from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and heat stress.

Climate change is a battle that Nepal is losing. There are studies that suggest that the recent fluctuations in monsoon, devastating landslides, and adverse weathers have been triggered tremendously by climate change. There are also predictions that the ongoing winter may be even more extreme and harsh, and much like most crises, it will disproportionately affect the underprivileged.

We once studied global warming and climate change as chapters in our school books, but sooner than we imagined, this has turned into a reality.  Nepal is a Himalayan country and the Himalayas are the most sensitive region to climate change, which makes us Nepalis extremely susceptible to catastrophes of climate change.