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  • Biodiversity of Hindu Kush Himalayas will plummet by 2100

    Kathmandu,Feb 19: It’s not just the snow and ice that’s disappearing on the roof of the world.  Animals and plant species, crop diversity and ecosystem diversity are disappearing in one of the world’s richest biodiversity hotspots. This is the evidence presented in the landmark ICIMOD assessment report on the state of the region released last week. This paints a bleak picture for the future of a region that is the source of Asia’s 10 major rivers and provides water, food, energy...

    Challenges in conservation of Gharial crocodiles

    Ratnanagar, Feb 18 : Conservation of the Gharial crocodile, a rare species of crocodiles in the world, has become challenging. The Chitwan National Park (CNP) has set up the crocodile breeding centre at local Kasara since 40 years for its conservation. Although the Park has been protecting the Gharial crocodiles at the breeding centre, the number of those crocodiles released in the wild is not found to have increased. CNP has been annually releasing more than 150 Gharial crocodiles reaching five...

    Human activities threaten red panda conservation efforts

    Jumla, February 15 Red panda conservation efforts have hit a brick wall in Jumla due to growing poaching, forest encroachment and lack of public awareness. Locals say that endangered animal, which used to be seen around the area is rarely sighted these days. The Karnali Bikash Hatemalo Sewa Samaj Jumla in coordination with the Habre Network has launched the Habre conservation drive at Sinja and Patarashi rural municipalities. The society is supported by over 150 community forests. However, Habre...

    Water dangers loom for South Asia

    Kathmandu,Feb 13: With glacier retreat, permafrost melt, and extreme rainfall events, ICIMOD’s HIMAP report suggests that the countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayas have to start cooperating far more closely or pay a huge price Water in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region is going through large and dramatic changes, caused by both climate change and human intervention, and the countries around it are unprepared for it. The stark message of the Hindu Kush Himalayan Monitoring and Assessment Programme (HIMAP), the...

    Can domesticate and sell wild animals: Government

    Kathmandu,Feb 11: The government has given the green light to domesticate, reproduce and sell wild animals after the Cabinet approved the new forest policy. The new policy aims at giving the people around forest areas new scope for business. However, they will have to seek permission from the government before doing so. The animals listed by the government are spotted deer, wild boar, snakes, alligator, frog and birds.

    Endangered species of python spotted

    Bhadrapur (Jhapa), Feb. 8: An endangered species of python was found in a river in Arjundhara Municipality-4 in Jhapa district on Thursday. Locals spotted the python while fishing, Chief of Division Forest Office Bishnulal Ghimire said. The python weighing eight kilograms is 6 feet in length. The locals rescued and submitted the python to the Shanishchare Police Post. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Rajan Khadka shared that the endangered python would be handed over to the Haluwagadh Community Forest based...

    Chances of rain, snowfall forecasted

    Kathmandu, Feb. 8 (RSS): The rainfall taking place across the country from Thursday and the snowfall in the mountainous region is likely to continue even today, according to the Weather Forecasting Division. Senior Meteorologist at the Division Shanti Kandel said that effects of the westerly winds that entered into Nepal from the western belt led to a change in the current weather pattern resulting in rainfall. The westerly wind is moving towards the eastern parts of the country, it is...

    The Indus: A river of growing disasters

    Kathmandu,Feb 05: A new report crystalises the threats that glacier retreat will pose to the Indus basin, particularly vulnerable due to a combination of conflict and mismanaged development The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) released the first comprehensive report on the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, and it contains some very worrying news for the Indus basin. Titled HIMAP for the Hindu Kush Himalayan Monitoring and Assessment Programme, the report looked at 16 components of change in the HKH...

    Preparation on to send dead rhinos’ samples for test

    Chitwan, Feb 4 (RSS): Preparation is underway to send samples of bodily part of dead rhinos abroad for laboratory tests in view of increasing incidents of unnatural deaths of one-horned in Chitwan National Park (CNP) and surrounding forest area. The samples are to be sent abroad for necessary tests so as to find reason behind the death of the rare wild beast. Twenty rhinos have been found dead as of now in the current fiscal. The Chitwan National Park has constituted...

    Not Just Gut Bacteria, Food Additives Are Also Affecting Mental Well-Being: Study

    Kathmandu,Feb 03:Nutritionists have always spoken against food additives and rightly so. Chemicals in the additives increase its shelf life but it alters the food texture. A recent study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, reveals that dietary emulsifiers directly alter human microbiota composition and subsequently drives intestinal inflammation. Previous studies have also shown that emulsifiers can alter the microbiome of mice, causing low-grade inflammation and increase the risk of obesity and metabolic disorders. In a progressive study which was...

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