Climate Change In Bhutan: Impact On Himalayan Glaciers And Glacial Lakes

The Himalayas have the largest concentration of glaciers outside the polar region. provide the headwaters for nine major river systems in Asia. These freshwater reserve are a lifeline for almost one-third of humanity. There is clear evidence that Himalayan glaciers have been melting at an unprecedented rate in recent decades. This has causes major changes in…

Mountain Men And Women Adapting To Climate Change – A Photo Story From Nepal

Climate change is taking place at a rapid pace, exacerbating pressures on fragile ecosystems and human well-being. Ecosystems of the Himalayas like in the Hindu-Kush and communities dependent on them for a livelihood and other services are highly vulnerable to climate related risks. Traditionally local communities have been adjusting to climatic and environmental changes and therefore…

Climate Crisis: Extreme Warming Can Present A Number Of Difficulties To Communities In Mountainous Areas

Nepal is an agrarian mountainous country situated in the central Himalayas, with an altitude ranging from 60m to 8848m. Within this climatic range, the mountain ecosystem of Nepal nurtures around 118 ecosystems, 75 types of vegetation and 35 types of forest. Nepal also has 3,252 glaciers that encompass an area of 5323sq km. However, the…

Woman Green Warrior In Nashik Dedicates Life To Draw People Closer To Nature

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness!” – said  John Muir, naturalist and environmental philosopher, who was an advocate of preservation of wilderness in America way back in the 19th century. The sexagenarian Kusum Dahivalkar lives up to Muir’s philosophy each and every day. In fact, her life has been all about…

How The Tiny, Poor Country Of Bhutan Became One Of The Most Sustainable Countries On Earth

Bhutan–a poor, isolated country sandwiched between India and China measures Gross National Happiness as its main economic indicator. It became the first country to commit to being carbon neutral in perpetuity in 2009,by which time it had already become carbon negative: Its forests absorb three times more CO2 than the whole country emits. Bhutan has…

WWF Helps A Mountain Community Protect Forests And Adapt To Climate Change

In the outermost hills of the Himalayas in Nepal, WWF recently concluded a project that worked closely with local communities to reduce land degradation, forest loss, and climate change vulnerability. The Churia range is a fragile ecosystem critical to recharging ground water, supporting agricultural production, reducing erosion, and stabilizing steep slopes during the monsoon season.…