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Air Pollution Problem Could Disrupt Nepal’s Tourism Industry – February 8, 2017

Consistent haze is interfering with the stunning views many trekkers expect, raising concern among some industry professionals

South Asia’s notorius “atmospheric brown cloud” could impact Nepal’s appeal as a tourist destination. Visitors are voicing their concern about the three-kilometer-thick toxic cloud that sits over much of the region, including large swaths of Nepal, and interferes with their experience of a country promoted as a trekker’s paradise.

photo of nepal hazePhoto by keso s, Flickr Tourists, expecting clear skies and crisp views, are often disappointed by hazy conditions in Nepal.

“I am asthmatic so I find the pollution exhausting,” Jacob Beehan, a German tourist, tells me over coffee in Kathmandu’s Thamel area. But what has been particularly disturbing for… more

by: Slok Gyawali

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Climate Change Threatens Food Security in Western Nepal, Say Advocates – December 26, 2016

Extreme drought stresses one of country's most food insecure regions

Tashi Lama, a 52 year-old farmer, seemed unimpressed by my questions about the effect of jalvauparivartan — climate change in Nepali — in his village in the mountains of mid-west Nepal. “I don’t know about jalvauparivartan, but you should have come a few months earlier to see the worst effect of the drought,” he said, referring to what the national government has called the country’s worst drought in at least 30 years. “What’s the point now?” Lama, along with many residents of the Karnali region in western Nepal, has struggled to cope with longterm food insecurity, exacerbated recently by the lack of precipitation.

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by: Slok Gyawali

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Air Pollution Taking a Steep Toll on Kathmandu Residents – November 28, 2016

Government has been slow to take action in one of the world's most polluted cities, say advocates

Nepal’s image as an unadulterated tourist destination — with its pristine mountains, snow covered peaks, and bright blue skies — is in jeopardy. Life in the country’s capital city doesn’t align with this immaculate representation. For years, Kathmandu’s rapidly growing population has struggled with increasing air pollution and the associated impacts on health.

At the same time, the government has struggled to monitor air quality in the city. In 2007, the last air monitoring station in Kathmandu broke due to lack of proper maintenance, effectively ending the city’s monitoring program. The program wasn’t replaced until August of this year, when Nepal’s Department of Environment installed three new air monitoring stations across… more

by: Slok Gyawali

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Fighting for the Fishing Cat – March 1, 2016

Conservationists working to save endangered feline in Nepal struggle to compete for attention with iconic tiger

When Sagar Dahal, a small mammals conservationist, set up camera traps in and around the Jagdishpur Reservoir in southern Nepal in late 2014, he wasn’t sure if his team would record the presence of the fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) in the area. The team had a hunch that they would find it, but no one had ever collected evidence in the region.

Photo of Fishing CatPhoto by Neville Buck The fishing cat, which has faced rapid loss of habitat, was listed as endangered by the IUCN in 2008.

A reclusive species, not much is known of this small wild cat’s mysterious ways. It receives… more

by: Slok Gyawali

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Kathmandu’s Uncoordinated Attempt to Manage Earthquake Debris – August 6, 2015

In the absence of a workable government action plan, citizens have begun recycling and rebuilding on their own

Even before the data was calculated, Dr Alka Sapkota, a young environmental expert with the Nepal government, knew the administration would be unable to efficiently clear the massive amount of debris left behind by the April 25 earthquake that killed more than 9,000 people and injured more than 23,000. The figures confirmed it: Nepal’s Kathmandu valley generated approximately 3.94 million tons of debris. “An equivalent of nearly 11 years of waste was generated in one day,” Sapkota is quick to remind me when I probe her about the delay in clearing the debris.

Nepal post earthquakePhoto by courtesy of Asian Development BankThe Kathmandu valley generated… more

by: Slok Gyawali

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