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  • Climate passport, anyone?

    As climate change leads to the flooding of whole countries a “climate passport” may allow the most distressed to settle in countries that have been largely responsible for the impact Kathmandu,Dec 25:Nearly half a million people lost their countries during World War 1 and had to use the Nansen Passport till they could get citizenship of one country or another. A higher number may lose their countries as the sea level rises due to climate change. They should get a climate...

    After #MeToo movement, 50 million Google searches on sexual harassment: Study

    Kathmandu,Dec 24:Following the massive #MeToo movement, around 50 million Google searches on sexual harrasment, reporting and prevention of such behaviour were recorded in the US during October 2017 to June 2018, a US study suggests. The study found that sexual harassment and assault searches were 86 per cent higher than expected from October 15 in 2017 to June 15 in 2018, reaching a record high. An estimated 40-54 million Google searches for sexual harassment and assault were recorded in...

    Himalayan Marmot’s formula to survive high altitude constraints: Mutate

    Kathmandu,Dec 21:The Himalayan marmot (Marmota himalayana) has always fascinated scientists and alpinists who travel to high altitudes. The large squirrels dwell at elevations of 1,900–5,000 m around the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal, and Pakistan, and the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau of China. At such altitudes, the air is thin and temperatures regularly plummet to below zero degree Celsius. But, these squirrels continue to thrive under such resource-scarce conditions. Scientists studying the genetics of the ‘beaver-ish rodents of unusual size’ may have...

    Govt to appoint local contractor to complete Melamchi

    Kathmandu,Dec 20:After CMC (an Italian firm) decided to pull out of the Melamchi Drinking Water project, the government has been advised to hire a local contractor to finish the project, says Kantipur. The paper says that it will take at least six months to issue a tender to complete the project. It quotes former bureaucrats to say that local contractors that have experience building hydropower projects can finish the concrete lining work of the tunnel. The Himalayan Times, meanwhile, says that the government...

    Why to visit in Nepal?

    Kathmandu,Dec 19:Nepal is the most excellent destination to spend holidays as there are many options for tourists to explore the holiday activities. Nepal is the paradise of culture, tradition, religion, landscape, wildlife and natural beauty, including panoramic view of snowcapped mountains, thousands of beautiful temple and monastery. Tourists like to travel to Nepal because: 1)Nepal is very rich in natural resources. It is known as naturally beautiful country. There are hundreds of trekking trails from one day trip to...

    Flood swept rhino brought back to Nepal

    Chitwan, December 17 A rhino which was swept away by the flood in Rapti river has been brought back to Nepal. The female rhino aged around 20, has been brought back to Chitwan National Park (CNP) from India last night. The rescue was initiated by a joint team of National Nature Conservation Fund and CNP who have been rescuing rhinos which have been swept away to India. CNP Chief Conservation Officer Bed Kumar Dhakal shared that it took time...

    India refuses to return rhinos swept away by flood

    Nawalparasi, December 13 India refuses to return the rhinos swept away by the floods in the Narayani River. The Indian security forces has denied the requests of the Nepali team to return the three rhinos. They add that the can only return the rhinos after receiving orders from the central government. The Department of Wildlife in consultation with the Ministry of Forests and Environment had asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ask India to return the rhinos. But...

    South and Southeast Asia most at risk by climate change

    Kathmandu,Dec 13: The Global Climate Risk Index 2019 released at the Katowice summit shows that intense cyclones, excessive rainfall and severe floods make India and its neighbours among the worst affected countries in the world. A risk index released at the annual climate summit in the Polish city of Katowice shows that countries in South Asia are among the most vulnerable globally to the impacts of climate change. India has been ranked the 14th most vulnerable nation in a list...

    Nepal’s per capita carbon emission growth highest in South Asia: Report

    Katowice (Poland), December 11 Although Nepal ranks 109th in the world when it comes to carbon dioxide emissions caused by burning of fossil fuel, its per capita emission is growing the fastest in South Asia, a recent study shows. Data from the Global Carbon Atlas released on the sidelines of the 24th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change shows that Nepalis’ carbon dioxide emissions increased by 5 per cent–a rate higher...

    Zoo officials lament loneliness of animals

    Kathmandu,Dec 10:Officials of Nepal’s Central Zoo are worried as many of their captives are living without their mates or families, Gorkhapatra reports in its anchor story. The zoo administration has been appealing to the international community to help it address the issue, but progress is nominal, the report informs quoting its Chiranjibi Pokharel. Nepal Samacharpatra has also published a related story on its front page.

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