May 30, 2017

Nepal: After the Storm

DISASTROUS AUTUMN: The storm came in October, when locals and trekkers least expected it. Nepal Army helicopters arrived on the morning after to ferry out the survivors of the blizzards and avalanche in Manang. (Photo via Nepali Times)

In a rare occurrence, a cyclone that started in the Bay of Bengal caused an avalanche in the Himalayas, killing at least 40 in Nepal. The even was a wakeup call to install effective early warning weather systems in mountainous Nepal’s higher reaches. Read More »

Don’t Drink the Farm

A view of algae at Lake Erie. (Photo via Quest Science video)

Agriculture runoff is choking Lake Erie. Are lawmakers finally ready to tell farmers to knock it off? Read More »

India Gives Green Light to Build Country’s Largest Dam

Upper Dibang Valley District of Arunachal Pradesh, India, where the dam will be built. (Photo by goldentakin, Creative Commons License)

Largest dam in Indian history will be built on a tributary of the Brahmaputra river but, with no public consultation or study of downstream impacts. Read More »

The Hitchbot’s Guide to Traveling Across a Continent

Robot thumbs work to hitch a lift. (Photo by Hitchbot, via  The Conversation)

How a robot travelled 6,000 kilometers across Canada relying on the kindness of strangers. Read More »

US Military and Climate Security Budgets Compared

(Photo by U.S. Pacific Fleet, Creative Commons License)

A new report connects U.S. military engagement and the threat of climate change, which now is being considered a threat to national security. Read More »

Build It and Bikes Will Come

Madison B-cycle bike share program, Madison, WI. (Photo by Adam Fagen, Creative Commons License)

Madison, Wisconsin gently guides its residents away from cars and onto bike lanes and buses. Read More »

Ecuador: Amazon’s Green Turns Dark Back

A view of Ecuadorian Amazon. (Photo by Dallas Krentzel, Creative Commons License)

One of the most interesting features of Ecuador is that it was the first country in the world to codify the Rights of Nature. Ecuador recognized the inalienable rights of ecosystems to exist and flourish in 2008, but the road that led the country to this recognition was not without obstacles. Read More »

No Lessons Learnt in Flood-hit Pakistan

Pakistan floods

Once again, the havoc caused by the recent rains have exposed the lack of proper disaster management in Pakistan. It has not built any water reservoirs since the Tarbela and Mangla dams were built in the 1960s and 70s. Meanwhile, India has built hundreds of dams, reservoirs and barrages to provide water to its desert areas over the past four decades. As a result, India has the capacity to store enough water for 100-120 days, while Pakistan can only store 25-days worth of water. Read More »

Nepal’s Mystical Dolpa in the Mist

Dolpa’s jewel is Phoksundo, a lapis lazuli-coloured lake, Nepal’s deepest and second-biggest. (Photo by Hum Gurung via Nepali Times)

Dolpa is one of the last two among Nepal’s 75 districts that doesn’t yet have a road connection and seeks to protect its pristine remoteness. Along with its rugged tree-less terrain, Dolpa’s jewel is Phoksundo Lake, a lapis lazuli-colored body of water, it is Nepal’s deepest and second-largest lake. Read More »

What’s the Toxic Level of Mercury in Your Diet?

(Photo by Alexandru Stoian, Creative Commons License)

A new study raises more alarm about mercury contamination in the ocean. What does that mean for your fish consumption? Read More »