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.”

LONDON, Oct 17: Climate change activists disrupted rail services in the east of London early on Thursday, sparking a physical confrontation between angry commuters and a protester who had climbed onto the roof of a London Underground train, video on social media showed.

JUMLA, Oct 16: Winter doesn’t feel like winter to a local of Jumla Sampati Rawat, 70, anymore. Jumla’s weather has become hotter over the years, he says. “Neither is the monsoon as bothering as before, actually there is no downpour during the monsoon too,” he notes.

Together against climate crisis

October 15, 2019 01:30 am

Kathmanduites collectively bemoan the declining luster of the mountains we are so proud of. There isn’t anywhere else to point for this scourge but climate change

Jane Fonda was arrested at the U.S. Capitol on Friday while peacefully protesting climate change.

Hailstorm damages paddy in Myagdi

October 10, 2019 09:46 am

MYAGDI, Oct 10: Heavy hailstorm has damaged the paddy crop at Jyamrukkot of Beni municipality in the district. The hailstorm has caused damage equivalent to Rs 7.5 million, Hira Bahadur Thapa, the ward chair of Beni municipality-2, said.

NEW YORK, Oct 2: Nepal has invited the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, to participate in the first episode of the ~ISagarmatha Sambaad~I, Nepal’s international forum on the theme of climate change scheduled for April next year in Kathmandu.

NEW YORK, Oct 1: Nepal has invited Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres to participate in the first episode of the Sagarmatha Dialogue titled "Climate Change, Mountains and Future of Humanity" to be organized by the government in April next year.

BERLIN, Sept 27:Tens of thousands of mostly young people marched to New Zealand’s Parliament on Friday, kicking off a second wave of worldwide protests demanding swift action on climate change.

NEW DELHI, Sept 27: An Indian girl who was among the 16 young activists filing a complaint at the United Nations accusing countries of inaction on climate change has taken that step before.

NEW HAVEN – In the here and now of climate change, it is easy to lose sight of important signs of progress. China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, is a case in point. By changing its economic model, shifting its sources of fuel, developing new transportation systems, and embracing eco-friendly urbanization, China’s sustainability strategy is an example of global leadership that the rest of the world should consider very carefully. In the rush to demonize China over trade, the West has missed this point altogether.

Annual average temperatures of the oceans’ surfaces have been diverging from the 20th century (1900-1999) average more and more since the 1980s. In 2018, global ocean surface temperatures were 0.66 degrees Celsius higher than that century’s average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

STOCKHOLM, Sept 25: Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg was named on Wednesday as one of four winners of the 2019 Right Livelihood Award, known as Sweden’s alternative Nobel Prize.

KATHMANDU, Sept 24: A day after thousands of young people marched and rallied for urgent climate action, young leaders brought their message to the United Nations for the Youth Climate Summit, the opening salvo of the three-day-long United Nations Climate Action Summit, which culminated on Monday, 23 September.

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 22: Almost 90 big companies in sectors from food to cement to telecommunications are pledging to slash their greenhouse gas emissions in a new campaign to steer multi-nationals towards a low-carbon future, organizers said on Sunday.

NEW YORK, Sept 22: Millions of youths and school students marched on the streets around the world on Friday to draw the attention of their governments for climate action, ahead of the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations.

NEW YORK, Sept 21: The International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) has said over 200 million people may need humanitarian assistance each year after 2050 due to escalating effects of climate change around the world.

SYDNEY/BANGKOK/BERLIN, Sept 20: Hundreds of thousands of students, office workers and other protesters took to the streets around the world on Friday to demand global leaders gathering for a U.N. climate summit take urgent action to avert an environmental catastrophe.

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA, Sept 20: Tens of thousands of protesters joined rallies on Friday as a day of worldwide demonstrations calling for action against climate change began ahead of a U.N. summit in New York.

Sept 18: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

September 18, 2019 18:00 pm

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By now, most people have accepted that climate change is real, and that it is happening. What we can't all agree on though, is what the main cause is.

KATHMANDU, Sept 16: After a continuous struggle for over three decades to protect the depleting ozone layer, the UN has set “32 years and healing” as its slogan this year to observe the International Day for Preservation of Ozone Layer.

KATHMANDU, Sept 13: As part of the newly-launched initiative called Sagarmatha Dialogue, the government will host a conference titled "Climate Change, Mountains and Future of Humanity" in April next year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.

Sept 12: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

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WELLINGTON, Sept 12: Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva, a pro-democracy and climate change campaigner in the South Pacific, died in a New Zealand hospital on Thursday, the information ministry and media reports said.

LO-MANTHANG, Sept 8: Known as a virgin tourist destination until lately, Lo-manthing is being disfigured by a growing number of concrete houses. On the one hand, temperature rise in the recent years in the high altitudes has taken its toll on the ambiance of the place, while on the other hand, growing human activities have left it disturbed. According to stakeholders, Lo-manthang is fast losing its original beauty and form.

WASHINGTON, Aug 29: Oil and gas companies could face far looser oversight of emissions of potent climate-changing methane gas under a proposal expected from the Trump administration as soon as Thursday, oil industry and environmental groups said.

Danger of climate doomsayers

August 28, 2019 00:30 am

Doom and gloom distort our worldview and can lead to bad policies. The future is bright, and we need smart decisions to keep it so

Where the world is getting warmer

KATHMANDU, Aug 27: The Ministry of Forest and Environment has forwarded the national adaptation plan to reduce climate change vulnerabilities.

BIARRITZ, FRANCE, Aug 27: U.S. President Donald Trump, responding to a question about climate change after skipping a G7 session on the issue, said on Monday that American wealth is based on energy and he will not jeopardize that for dreams and windmills.

LONDON, July 28: “Shall we all just kill ourselves?”

Tragedy of commons

July 24, 2019 00:30 am

If we work together to limit emissions of greenhouse gases, environment can be saved

BERLIN, July 19: German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her government’s efforts to combat climate change on Friday, promising that her Cabinet will make “decisive” moves in September.

KATHMANDU, July 15: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has urged all citizens to be aware of climate change and its adverse effects.

KATHMANDU, July 11: The Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations in New York and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) on Tuesday organized a side event titled, 'Impacts of Climate Change on the Mountains' on the sidelines of the 2019 High-Level Political Forum at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

KATHMANDU, July 11: Nepal is all set to host the Working Group II meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which deals with the impacts, adaptation and vulnerability to climate change, next week to contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report.

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