Tag Archives: Himalayas

South Asia’s Water Challenge – Politicization of Water Resources-II

Climate change, Asia’s rapid urbanization and population growth rates are placing increased pressure on scarce water resources.

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Politicization of Water Resources–I

Water scarcity has emerged as a highly critical and contentious issue in South Asia in the age of Climate Change. River water supply will increase in the short-term but this will only last as long as the glaciers do. Asia cannot rely on increased run-off being a long-lasting phenomenon. Changing rainfall patterns are expected to further exacerbate dwindling freshwater sources.

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Nepal’s Silent Emergency: Springs Going Dry

Nepal’s emission of greenhouse gases maybe small, but its annual growth rate is already the highest in South Asia.

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Mourning and Resistance in Kashmir

India cannot claim to be “the biggest democracy in the world” while refusing to hold a plebiscite in Kashmir. If Scotland, Catalonia, and Crimea can vote to decide their own futures, so should Kashmir.

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Nepal: After the Storm

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.

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South Asia Needs to Face up to Water and Energy Dilemma

South Asia’s water and energy crises are deeply intertwined. Growing energy demand drives water shortages and lack of water fuels power outages. Regional cooperation – such as power trading between countries – could ease tightening resource constraints but such solutions have been largely scuppered by political suspicions.

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Nepal’s Mystical Dolpa in the Mist

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.

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Drones Investigate Himalayas’ Melting Glacier

Scientists have used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – also known as drones – for the first time to monitor melting glaciers in the Himalayas more accurately.

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Himalayan Climate Change and Earthquakes

Seismologists and geologists studying the Himalayas have been trying update the seismic map of the mountain belt for several years now. Their urgency comes from the ­­­­expectation of one or more high-magnitude earthquakes in the region in the 21st century.   If the task of assessing the risk to life and property in the Himalayas was not tough enough, it …

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Climate Change, Migration, and Conflict in South Asia

South Asia will be among the regions hardest hit by climate change. Higher temperatures, more extreme weather, rising sea levels, increasing cyclonic activity in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, as well as floods in the region’s complex river systems will complicate existing development and poverty reduction initiatives. Coupled with high population density levels, these climate shifts have …

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