Beneath the Blaze

March 7, 2022 06:30 am

Soil is the ultimate source of our food and substratum. This valuable earthly resource is affected by burns in many ways. A raging fire might alter the soil beneath at molecular levels.

Encroachment, irrational infrastructure development, and anthropogenic activities have all contributed to the degradation of Nepal's wetland region.

Soil degradation has not only disturbed global food supplies and biodiversity but also the economic, social and political aspects of the globe.

Autumn is running in which season birds start flying down to warm places for wintering.  Birds select suitable places for their comfortable wintering. Kathmandu valley is one of their choices in the middle part of Nepal due to its geographical and ecological aspects.

Apart from the environment-based argument and identification of the perceived rent-seeking political economic incentive behind the new budgetary policy raised by various media outlets, there are least spoken but vital arguments that either challenge the premise behind the proposed policy or observe likely chances of the policy to encroach upon sub-national jurisdiction in the governing transactions of sand, gravel, and stones.

Environment refers to the complex of physical, chemical and biological factors that act upon an organism or an ecological community; and ultimately determines its form and survival. In other words, the environment is where we all meet, where we all have a mutual interest; it is the common thing all of us share.

Restoring nature to economics

February 15, 2021 08:00 am

Humanity’s relationship with nature will inevitably change in the coming years, and economic policymakers must influence how it changes. Ignorance is no defense.

KATHMANDU, Dec 16: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has underscored the need for redefining human progress that takes into account countries’ carbon dioxide emissions and material footprint on top of traditionally used parameters of human development.

Manu Karki lives a zero-waste life. When moving into her current home, she spent weeks hunting through different shops to find a metal dustbin rather than go for the easily available plastic ones. She is a vegetarian who is slowly transitioning to veganism. Most of the things she uses are non-plastic, she would rather thrift her clothes than buy new ones and she is willing to do everything in her power to be an environmentally conscious person.

KATHMANDU, Feb 18: A three-day Southeast Asian Regional Symposium on Microbial Ecology (SARSME 2020) was held in Pokhara with the aim of strengthening microbial ecology research network in Southeast Asia, highlighting the integrated sustainability of environment, biodiversity and the microbes.

Who will manage wetlands?

February 11, 2020 07:29 am

The government needs to consider wetlands management as a top priority. First of all, however, institutional clarity is needed for effective management

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) has submitted its report on the environmental impact assessment at the Sisdole Landfill Site to the Kathmandu Metropolis.

: 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.

A case for Nijgadh airport

December 9, 2019 10:18 am

The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation to halt the construction work on the proposed Nijgadh airport in Bara district. The court has summoned the writ petitioners and government representatives on December 15 to discuss the issue.

Flawed assessment

November 30, 2019 10:29 am

Environment Impact Assessment report of Nijgadh airport does not consider how mass tree felling will impact ecology

CG|Motocorp, the authorized distributor of Suzuki four wheelers to Nepal and automotive division of CG|Holdings inaugurated a new showroom of Suzuki in Naxal.

Basic zero waste tips

September 27, 2019 08:23 am

According to the Zero Waste International Alliance, zero-waste can be defined as “the conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of products, packaging, and materials without burning and with no discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health.”

National Assembly passes two bills

September 12, 2019 20:09 pm

KATHMANDU, Sept 12: The National Assembly today has passed two bills related to forests and the environment. The Assembly passed the bills unanimously.

BHAKTAPUR, Aug 10:  Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Banskota has warned that human beings would suffer the fate of dinosaur if the environment was not protected on time.

KATHMANDU, Aug 9: Minister for Forest and Environment Shakti Bahadur Basnet urged the people from all walks of the life of the society to join hands with the government to promoting green urbanization.

Tragedy of commons

July 24, 2019 00:30 am

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

KATHMANDU, July 22: Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara has said that he has been very impressed with the success achieved by China in the technology sector and the environment conservation initiatives of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

WASHINGTON, July 21: With plastic straw bans gaining popularity to protect the environment, President Donald Trump on Friday posed the question: What about other plastic dining items?

RAMECHHAP, July 16: Concerned authorities of the district have complained that lack of proper business environment in the district has been hindering entrepreneurs from making investments.

SAN FRANCISCO, June 29: In a mission to clean up trash floating in the ocean, environmentalists pulled 40 tons (36 metric tons) of abandoned fishing nets this month from an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

NEPALGUNJ, June 9: Stakeholders from State 5, Karnali State and Far West State have stressed the need for accelerating development activities without creating environmental imbalance.

Actor Robert Downey Jr. will soon launch an organization that uses advanced technologies to protect the environment. The actor announced this on Tuesday night at the Amazon's Re "Between robotics and nanotechnology, we could clean up the planet significantly, if not totally, in 10 years," Variety quoted Downey Jr. as saying.

KATHMANDU, June 5: Civil Society Organizations have urged political parties to fulfill the environment-related promises made during the 2017 parliamentary and provincial elections.

GENEVA, June 4: Some 7 million people die prematurely every year from air pollution, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment said Monday ahead of World Environment Day, noting there are also success stories.

ASIR GUDANG/JOKHABAD, May 31: When local investigators scoured a riverbed in southern Malaysia for clues in a chemical dumping case that hospitalized over one thousand people earlier this year, they found a cocktail of toxins, including a colorless liquid commonly secreted when tires are recycled.

Future’s Petition

May 20, 2019 12:05 pm

Natural resource is the soul for development and progress of the human society. There are no substitutes for the resources till date.

Away with plastics

May 18, 2019 01:30 am

We literally share our lives with plastic. Most of us still do not realize how bad and dangerous this could be

MUSTANG, May 12: Muktinath temple area, a prominent religious destination for Hindus and Buddhists, is being polluted with garbage dumped by pilgrims and visitors. Heaps of waste around the area is left uncollected.

Sustainable living is not just a development sector jargon. Nor is it just a lifestyle trend that gives us bragging rights on social media. It is the need of the present day reality. Sustainable lifestyle choices, especially as consumers, can be our contribution toward positive changes in the way natural resources are used and consumer goods produced.

BEIJING, April 28: Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, has said Nepal welcomes foreign investment and is committed to protecting foreign investment.

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.