There has been a paradigm shift in the understanding of disaster risks, exposures, vulnerabilities, and their management. Disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, and mitigation are getting more attention than the traditional rescue, relief, and rehabilitation with the former one the cost-effective and efficient measures to save lives and properties in the aftermath of a disaster.

Two upcoming key global summits should be adequately prepared with a strong inclusive public engagement at home and smart diplomacy around the world.

Nepal, although it contributes very little to global warming, is highly affected by global climate change. In Nepal, the major effect of climate change was reported in the mountain ecosystem and freshwater ecosystems.Introduction

SEOUL, April 18: The United States and China, the world’s two biggest carbon polluters, agreed to cooperate to curb climate change with urgency, just days before President Joe Biden hosts a virtual summit of world leaders to discuss the issue.

WASHINGTON, March 4: The world’s hopes for curbing climate change hinge on action by two giant nations whose relations are deteriorating: China and the United States. The two countries both say they are intent on retooling their economies to burn less climate-wrecking coal, oil and gas. But tensions between them threaten their ultimate success.

KATHMANDU, Feb 27: The fourth Nepal-Bangladesh Youth Conference is set to kick off in the capital on Saturday. The event was earlier deferred due to COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, Feb 18: The 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) president-designate Alok Sharma, who is currently visiting Nepal, held a meeting with President Bidya Devi Bhandari at the latter's office on Thursday afternoon.

WASHINGTON, Jan 28: President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed a new raft of executive actions to combat climate change, including pausing new oil and gas leases on federal land and cutting fossil fuel subsidies, as he pursues green policies he billed as a boon for job creation.

AMSTERDAM, Jan 25: The United States will mark its return to the global fight against climate change on Monday by joining high level talks on ways to better protect people and economies from the effects of global warming already taking place.

USA, Jan 12: The world’s vital insect kingdom is undergoing “death by a thousand cuts,” the world’s top bug experts said.

We can expect Joe Biden to play a leading role to unite countries for combating climate change effects more effectively.

KATHMANDU, Dec 18: More than 62 million South Asian people will be forced to migrate from their homes due to climate disasters by 2050, a new study said on Friday.

Climate cliff hanger

December 18, 2020 08:00 am

Why we need sustainable action to tackle the climate crisis and speed the green recovery from COVID-19.

KATHMANDU, Dec 13: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has expressed Nepal’s commitment to submit enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions by the end of this year and develop an ambitious long-term strategy on climate change to reach the net zero-carbon scenario by 2050.

LONDON/BRUSSELS, Dec 13: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on every country to declare a “climate emergency” on Saturday, as world leaders marking the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate accord made mostly incremental pledges relative to the scale of the crisis.

What do we need to do to reverse the shocking statistics on mountain people and promote the restoration of mountain environments?

China’s global climate boost

November 30, 2020 07:00 am

With the American public divided and climate science politicized, rejoining the Paris accord will not by itself make the US a reliable player in international climate politics.

KATHMANDU, Oct 8: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has underlined the existential threats posed by the effects of climate change such as rising temperature, rising sea levels, and melting of glaciers which have impacted the lives and livelihoods from the high Himalayas to the lowlands.

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 27: In a year of cataclysm, some world leaders at this week’s annual United Nations meeting are taking the long view, warning: If COVID-19 doesn’t kill us, climate change will.

Avoiding a climate lockdown

September 25, 2020 16:20 pm

As COVID-19 spread earlier this year, governments introduced lockdowns in order to prevent a public-health emergency from spinning out of control. In the near future, the world may need to resort to lockdowns again—this time to tackle a climate emergency.

LONDON, Sept 10: The planet is showing signs it’s in peril. In recent weeks, the world has seen ferocious wildfires in the U.S. West, torrential rains in Africa, weirdly warm temperatures on the surface of tropical oceans, and record heat waves from California to the Siberian Arctic.

True Price of Carbon

March 14, 2020 09:18 am

NEW YORK – At the center of many policy challenges is a contest between “realists” and “radicals.” That’s true of the ongoing Democratic primary race in the United States, for example, and it has long defined the climate-change debate. Will incremental policies such as a modest carbon price save us from disaster, or does climate change call for a more revolutionary approach?

Test for Public Health Systems

March 12, 2020 09:15 am

LONDON – On January 25, Chatham House and Georgetown University hosted US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin for a discussion about US economic policymaking and the world. Mnuchin had come straight from the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, but the dominant theme of that gathering (“stakeholder capitalism”) had already been eclipsed by broader developments. The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak had become a massive problem for China and would soon threaten the entire world.

Road to apocalypse

March 11, 2020 09:13 am

Nepal is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. Major climate stressors here are rising temperatures, increased floods, landslides and droughts. All major rivers, the agricultural lifelines, receive freshwater supply from melting snows and glaciers, and seasonal monsoon rainfall. Changes in the length, intensity and the amount of water flow in these river systems will adversely affect the population, eco-systems and biodiversity. Situation will be dire for majority of Nepal’s population who live in rural areas and survive on small-scale agriculture.

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: With the emergence of climate change as a key issue at both national and international platforms, the government is mulling over establishing a  "Think-Tank Group"  on climate change. The proposed expert group will provide perennial expertise on the issue of climate change, which largely demands inter-sectoral collaboration and multi-disciplinary knowledge.

KATHMANDU, Feb 9: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defense Ishwor Pokharel on Sunday stressed the need to have extensive discussion to minimize the climate change effects and adaption arguing that Nepal was worst hit by the climate change.

Leave the wetlands wet

February 4, 2020 11:59 am

World Wetland Day (WWD) was celebrated on February 2 this year. This marks the day of signing the first environmental treaty, Ramsar Convention (1971), in the Iranian city of Ramsar. The Convention defines wetland as “areas of marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt including areas of marine water, the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six metre”.

Having the whole world’s attention is a big deal—it’s not something most of us get in our entire lives. But just in case you did have the world’s attention for five minutes, how would you spend them? The Week asked some people and most of the answers we got were advice and concerns about the environment. Read on for more.

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: Under the Paris Agreement 2015, Nepal had promised to meet 14 targets related to climate change mitigation and adaptation in 2016. Four years on, the majority of the targets set under the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) have not been met thanks to weak implementation and the ambitious nature of the targets themselves. And this, experts warn, could raise a ‘question mark’ over Nepal’s commitment made at the global forum.

KATHMANDU, Jan 16: The Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC) has signed the Accreditation Master Agreement with UN’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) for accessing financing for climate change related-projects and programs in Nepal.

Fresh off his win at the Golden Globes, actor Joaquin Phoenix participated in a climate change protest and was arrested by the police.

KATHMANDU, Jan 11: Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Barshaman Pun has said that Nepal and Bhutan are facing similar problems in the energy sector.

20 ways to help check climate change

January 1, 2020 11:10 am

Climate change is one of the burning issues that countries around the world, including Nepal, are currently facing. It is the abnormal variations to the climate, which is largely attributed to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and other harmful gases produced as a result of various types of human activities. Global warming, a rise in average global temperature, is said to have resulted from climate change. Here are some tips to address this pressing issue.

Empty Gestures on Climate Change

December 29, 2019 11:21 am

MALMÖ – Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs, wash your clothes in cold water, eat less meat, recycle more, and buy an electric car: we are being bombarded with instructions from climate campaigners, environmentalists, and the media about the everyday steps we all must take to tackle climate change. Unfortunately, these appeals trivialize the challenge of global warming, and divert our attention from the huge technological and policy changes that are needed to combat it.

: The inter-country Tarai Arc Conservation Programme has been implemented in Sauraha of Chitwan. Former Prime Minister and ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' inaugurated the programme this morning

Securing Environmental Health

December 25, 2019 09:26 am

The environment we live in determines the general wellbeing of individuals and societies, including positive and negative aspects of life and satisfaction. Living in healthy environment promotes quality of life. In contrast, exposures to air, water, and soil pollution, chemicals, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation from unhealthy environment contribute more than 100 types of diseases and injuries.

Combating environmental threat

December 16, 2019 08:45 am

The quest for economic development and materialism has been almost like Faustian saga in the modern times. As the learned Dr Faustus had to make a deal with evil Mephistopheles who tempted him to exchange his soul for carnal desires, we modern human beings, are exchanging clean environment with the quest for development and industrialization.

Where is AMR rebellion?

December 15, 2019 11:40 am

LONDON – The threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is being overshadowed by the menace of climate change. Though the AMR problem is arguably equal in importance, it has not commanded nearly the same level of public awareness.

MADRID, Dec 12: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged countries and companies Thursday to tackle climate change, saying failure to do so would mean “economic disaster.”

NEW YORK/MADRID, Dec 12: Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swede who inspired millions of young people to take action against climate change, has been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019.

VICTORIA FALLS, Zambia, Dec 7 :  For decades Victoria Falls, where southern Africa’s Zambezi river cascade down 100 metres into a gash in the earth, have drawn millions of holidaymakers to Zimbabwe and Zambia for their stunning views.

Go local

December 1, 2019 12:02 pm

With the air pollution emergency still ranging over Delhi that unlikely will subsidize any time soon, the situation in Kathmandu is not much better either. Perhaps a good majority of citizens of the Valley got used to it but ask any foreign tourist spending some days around the town and you will soon hear complaints about how polluted Kathmandu has become.

BERLIN, Nov 30 : Protesters in cities across the world staged rallies Friday demanding leaders take tougher action against climate change, days before the latest global conference, which this year takes place in Madrid.

BRUSSELS, Nov 29 : Almost half of all Europeans fear climate change more than losing a job or of a terrorist attack, a study by the European Investment Bank (EIB) showed on Thursday as EU lawmakers declared a “climate emergency”.

Humans can survive underwater

November 26, 2019 11:50 am

DALLAS – The latest alarming news about climate change is that huge swaths of densely inhabited land will be underwater by 2050, with their cities “erased.” These reports—which appeared in The New York Times and many other media outlets—are based on a good research paper by scientists at Climate Central, but they get the story wrong.

KATHMANDU, Nov 22: As many as 200 distinguished delegates including 20 heads of state or government are expected to participate in the first edition of Sagarmatha Sambaad being hosted by Nepal in Kathmandu in the first week of April next year to hold a multi-stakeholder dialogue on climate change issues.

Global trade’s bright future

November 20, 2019 09:35 am

Keeping climate change in check will require reducing the carbon footprint associated with global shipping, which accounts for the bulk of world trade

New Delhi's hazardous air problem

November 7, 2019 09:25 am

Air pollution in the Indian capital city of New Delhi currently far exceeds the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) threshold for 'hazardous', meaning that 'everyone may experience serious effects'

KATHMANDU, Oct 25: At a time when the government is preparing to host a dialogue on climate change named Sagarmatha Sambad in July next year, a group of four youngsters claimed that they staged a four-hour hunger strike at the base camp of Mount Everest on Wednesday to draw the world’s attention on climate change.

Heed the youth

October 21, 2019 03:54 am

On September 20, when everybody’s attention was on Tudikhel where the government had organized an official event for the celebration of Constitution Day, in Maitighar and Baneshwar, some youths gathered with placards and banners that read: “Climate is changing, why aren’t we? #Friday for Future.”