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Air Pollution Problem Could Disrupt Nepal’s Tourism Industry

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…
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by: Slok Gyawali – February 8, 2017

Climate Change Threatens Food Security in Western Nepal, Say Advocates

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…
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by: Slok Gyawali – December 26, 2016

Air Pollution Taking a Steep Toll on Kathmandu Residents

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…
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by: Slok Gyawali – November 28, 2016

Fighting for the Fishing Cat

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…
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by: Slok Gyawali – March 1, 2016

Kathmandu’s Uncoordinated Attempt to Manage Earthquake Debris

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…
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by: Slok Gyawali – August 6, 2015

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