Bettering environmental governance

April 21, 2019 02:05 am

Nepal is currently celebrating National Wildlife Week with the theme ‘Let’s unite for wildlife conservation’. As the celebrations continue, we should perhaps think of ways to bridge the gaps that might be coming in the way of making this slogan a reality. And environmental governance at the local level is one such area that needs immediate attention.

One person, one tree

April 12, 2019 08:17 am

In the last few weeks all outlets of The Bakery Cafe in the valley have reopened their hubs for another year of Treevolution Nepal. Run by The Revolution Project in association with The Bakery Cafe, the project is an afforestation initiative with sustainable goals.

KATHMANDU, April 9: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has suggested the government to develop and implement integrated environment-friendly settlement favorable both to human life and the planet.

KATHMANDU, March 24: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that an environment where all Nepalis could consider an investment in the hydropower project has been created in the country.

The UN has published a comprehensive and rigorous assessment on the state of the environment this week, warning that ecological damage to the planet is becoming so dire that millions of lives will soon be at risk unless urgent action is taken.

SYDNEY/LONDON, March 15: From Sydney to London, thousands of school students walked out of classes on Friday in a global student strike to protest against government inaction on climate change.

FEB 11: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

February 11, 2019 18:00 pm

Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

Forest in Kailali depleting alarmingly

February 11, 2019 14:11 pm

ATTARIYA, Feb 11: The forests in Kailali district, which are one of the huge natural heritage of the Province No 7, were rapidly depleting lately owing to various reasons.

PYUTHAN, Feb 11: Jhimruk Rural Municipality has allocated Rs 5 million from its current budget for the construction of roads in Kauche, Wange, and the Bauda-Arghakhanchi road section. Last year, the local unit had allocated Rs 2.4 million for the same roads, which falls under its top priority project even this year.

KATHMANDU, Feb 11: Have you been secretly dumping your domestic waste in the Bagmati River, thinking no one is watching? Beware! You might end up getting caught anyway.

Cycling the world

February 9, 2019 02:56 am

During my travel I understood the importance of environmental protection and world peace.

As Kathmandu residents we have all complained when the garbage truck misses its round and the bags of waste mount up along bends of the roads and empty spaces. Each of us are contributing bags of waste regularly, but what do we know about where it ends up or bother to be part of the solution?

Nijgadh International airport has come to limelight because of increasing air traffic congestion at Tribhuvan International airport, the only International airport of Nepal. Nijgadh has been identified as a feasible airport to reduce the pressure and working load of TIA.

AUSTRALIA, Dec 13: Australia’s carbon emissions are again the highest on record, according to new data from the emissions-tracking organisation Ndevr Environmental.

PARIS, Dec 9: As part of his environmental policy strategy, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a green tax on fuel last month to go into effect Jan. 1.

BAITADI, Nov 18: Minister for Industry, Tourism, Forests and Environment of Far-West Province Maya Bhatta has said that Far-West Province has huge potentials for development.

NEW YORK, Nov 6: The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said that more powerful hurricanes, worsening drought, melting glaciers and rising sea levels are affecting populations around the world at an ever faster pace.

DHANUSHA, Oct 30: Former President Dr Ram Baran Yadav has said the government at all three levels should take the issue of Chure deforestation seriously since it is a national problem.

KATHMANDU, Oct 28: Amateur artists Dibesh Pradhan and Rakesh Chandra Shrestha, both colleagues at Nepal’s foremost college of fine arts Lalit Kala Campus, have initiated ‘Saturday Plein Air workshop’ to explore the artists in them.

LONDON – From their ivory towers, nearly 240 academics have declared that economic growth is bad for Europe and the planet. In two months, they and global supporters of the “no-growth economy” have held conferences in Mexico City, Malmö, and Brussels.

The unnoticed

October 26, 2018 09:00 am

There is a small world operating behind the scenes to keep the eco-system going and it goes unnoticed by the majority of us. The tiny world of insects and other organisms are the prime contributors to how wildlife and nature operate. As Jonas Salk, an American medical researcher and virologist, said “If all insects were to disappear from the earth within 50 years, all life on earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the earth within 50 years, all life on earth would flourish.”

KATHMANDU, Oct 16: Amid growing calls for utilization of capital and resources of non-resident Nepalis (NRNs) living in various countries, some NRNs have complained that there is not a favorable environment in the home country for them to do business.

BIRATNAGAR, Oct 11: Chief Minister of Province No. 1 Sher Dhan Rai has said that the province government has responsibility on its shoulder to maintain fearless and secured environment in the society.

Nijgadh International Airport, which could potentially become the game-changing project of Nepal, is mired in controversy. Conservationists argue the government is trying to destroy the environment in the name of development.

KATHMANDU, Oct 7: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has said the entire society should take initiations in the environmental protection, promotion, and management.

Responsibility of the rich

October 7, 2018 02:00 am

The West exalted its economy through “all means possible” approach during the industrial revolution. They need to clean up the mess they created in the process

GERMANY, Oct 2: The German government will Tuesday present its compromise on the way forward for millions of people with older, more polluting diesel cars, with manufacturers potentially facing a steep bill for the crisis precipitated by an emissions cheating scandal.

Sept 30: The world's nations will gather at a UN conference in South Korea on Monday to review and approve a 20-page bombshell -- distilled from more than 6,000 scientific studies -- laying out narrowing options for staving off climate catastrophe.

BUTWAL, Sept 28: Concerns have been raised over the rising environmental degradation affecting the Lumbini area and other related areas - Rupandehi and Ramgram - of Nawalparasi.

The 16-year-old changing the world

September 25, 2018 13:25 pm

What were you doing when you were a teenager?

Bumblebees acquire a taste for food laced with a pesticide known to harm them, according to a study suggesting the chemicals pose an even greater threat to pollinators than previously thought.

Human nutrition may be threatened in many parts of the world by future elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations, reports a paper published online this week in Nature Climate Change.

A two-day art workshop, highlighting the effects of environmental degradation in the Terai and Chure areas, concluded at Mithila Yain Art Gallery, Thamel, this Friday.  The participating artists portrayed the consequences of the degrading environment in inner Terai and Terai due to change in the Chure areas in their artworks.

KATHMANDU, June 13 : Surya Nepal Pvt Ltd has been recognized as the best company for environmental protection, on the occasion of the World Environmental Day. At a ceremony organized on Tuesday, cash prize of Rs. 50,000 and certificate was awarded to the company, signed by Minister for Forests and Environment Shakti Bahadur Basnet.

KATHMANDU, June 5: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has highlighted Nepal's contribution to the world environment protection and conservation efforts.

KATHMANDU, June 5: On the auspicious occasion of World Environment Day 2018, Nepal Forum of Environmental journalists (NEFEJ) has awarded two journalists with Environment Journalism Award-2017.

KATHMANDU, June 5: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that environmental pollution could emerge as a common challenge with rapid efforts in place towards attaining economic prosperity.

KATHMANDU, May 30: Forest and environment sector has received budget allocation of Rs 16.58 billion for the upcoming fiscal year 2018/19. Compared to the current fiscal year, the budget for the sector has been reduced by Rs 5.56 billion.

Sagar Ghimire of Republica caught up with Sameer Khatiwada, an economist at the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department to understand how Nepal can prepare itself for what lies ahead in terms of technological revolution. Excerpts:

KATHMANDU, April 29: A study by Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalist (NEFEJ) shows Republica and its sister publication, Nagarik of prioritizing issues regarding environment.

Students’ main objective is to gain knowledge and elaborate wisdom as well as to get academic certificates from a college. The motto of joining a college may differ from one student to other. But most of the students receive knowledge from the educational institute. For that the institute must follow some essential norms for the betterment of both the sides in knowledge sharing process. Time is most important factor for everyone that’s why we must do our works in time. For instance, a teacher must enter into the classroom in time and students should be punctual. It makes relation between a lecture and students stronger.

MYAGDI, March 26: Taking bath in Kaligandaki and Myagdi rivers was not a matter of hesitation for Bikram Shrestha. A resident of Beni Municipality, he would cherish the opportunity. However, that is no more the case.

KATHMANDU, Feb 27: Minister for Population and Environment, Lalbabu Pandit, has said companies producing non-biodegradable plastic products would be banned.

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: Nepal Biodiversity Research Society (NEBORS) in collaboration with University of Washington, USA successfully concluded five days course in conservation biology and global health.

NUWAKOT, Dec 25: A small stream originated from the Himalayas looks reddish brown while flowing downhill from Sisdole, a landfill site in Nuwakot district where almost all the waste materials generated in the Kathmandu Valley are dumped.

KATHMANDU, Nov 3: The Supreme Court on Thursday issued show cause notices to the government authorities asking why the Environment Protection Act, 1997 should not be amended in line with the climate change policies adopted by the government.

KATHMANDU, Nov 3: The Supreme Court has issued show cause notices to the government authorities asking why the Environment Protection Act, 1997 should not be amended in line with the climate change policies adopted by the government.

KATHMANDU, Oct 10: The International Relations and Labor Committee of parliament has directed the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) to create working environment for Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Director General Sanjeeb Gautam.

KATHMANDU,  Oct 4: Minister for Population and Environment Mithila Chaudhary has left here for Ethiopia to attend a meeting of environment ministers of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group affected by climate change to take place in Addis Ababa there.

KATHMANDU, Sept 25: The Environment Protection Committee of Parliament has directed government and concerned ministries to take major steps in protection of Fewa Lake.