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Author: Ramesh Bhushal

Roaring rivers, thirsty people: Koshi Basin Part 2

Villagers trapped between snow covered peaks and roaring rivers are running out of water

As we move down the Sunkoshi River along the newly built Sindhuli Bardibas highway that links the Himalayas with the Terai plains, we reach villages in the south-eastern parts of Nepal. The people are suffering a severe water crisis. Trapped between the lofty mountains and roaring…Read More

Hazards in the high mountains: Koshi Basin Part 1

Landslides, earthquakes, melting glaciers and deadly floods make life precarious on the Nepal-Tibet border

In Nepal’s Sindhupalchowk district, close to the Tibet border, fast flowing water emerges beneath a huge pile of debris left by the landslide that devastated the village of Jure nearly two years ago. Once the busiest highway between Nepal and China, the road was disrupted for months after the…Read More

Adapting to climate change will cost a lot more than thought

The UN Environment Programme has increased by 4-5 times its estimate of how much money the world will need to adapt to climate change effects

The cost of adapting to a changing climate will be 4-5 times higher than what was estimated two years ago, says a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). “The costs of adaptation could range from…Read More

Paris agreement gives hope in combat against climate change

After tense negotiations, the UN climate summit led to an agreement supported by 195 countries to move towards a low-carbon age

A global agreement high in diplomacy and with the ammunition to combat climate change has been adopted at the Paris summit of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. French President Francois Hollande said at the closing, “You have made history because you committed…Read More