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India to measure whether Everest shrank in Nepal quake

India to measure whether Everest shrank in Nepal quake

KATHMANDU:  The Indian government has announced it will measure the height of Mount Everest for the second time to assess whether it changed as a result of the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Surveyor-General Swarna Subba Rao said an expedition would be sent to the world’s highest mountain in two months. Satellite data has indicated the quake […]

January 24th, 2017 | Posted in LATEST NEWS, PHOTO FEATURE, Science/Environment | Read More »

Earth sets hottest year record for third-straight time

Earth sets hottest year record for third-straight time

WASHINGTON:  Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, with scientists mostly blaming man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino that’s now gone. Two U.S. agencies and international weather groups reported Wednesday that last year was the warmest on record. They measure global temperatures in slightly different ways, and came […]

January 19th, 2017 | Posted in LATEST NEWS, Science/Environment | Read More »

Concerned agencies told to take steps to improve air quality

Concerned agencies told to take steps to improve air quality

KATHMANDU:  The Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM) has directed the concerned government agencies and departments to come up with a concrete action plan to mitigate risks to which the general public has been exposed as air quality continues to deteriorate in Kathmandu Valley and other urban areas. During the 47th […]

January 13th, 2017 | Posted in LATEST NEWS, Science/Environment | Read More »

SpaceX finds source of rocket explosion, plans new launch

SpaceX finds source of rocket explosion, plans new launch

LOS ANGELES:  SpaceX plans to resume flights as early as next week after finding the cause of an explosion that destroyed a rocket and satellite on a Florida launch pad in September. The Hawthorne, California-based company is aiming for a Sunday, January 8, flight from Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. […]

January 3rd, 2017 | Posted in LATEST NEWS, PHOTO FEATURE, Science/Environment | Read More »

China plans to land probes on far side of moon, Mars by 2020

China plans to land probes on far side of moon, Mars by 2020

BEIJING:  China vowed Tuesday to speed up the development of its space industry as it set out its plans to become the first country to soft land a probe on the far side of the moon, by around 2018, and launch its first Mars probe by 2020. “To explore the vast cosmos, develop the space […]

December 28th, 2016 | Posted in LATEST NEWS, PHOTO FEATURE, Science/Environment | Read More »

No temperature dip in peak winter in Kathmandu; no cold wave in Tarai

No temperature dip in peak winter in Kathmandu; no cold wave in Tarai

KATHMANDU:  Environmentalists and weather experts had warned of climate change affecting Nepal’s weather, nobody had felt the impact before. However, this year, Kathmandu Valley denizens don’t seem to feel the biting cold even in the peak of winter this year. According to weather expert Rajendra Prasad Shrestha, in the previous years, the last week of […]

December 27th, 2016 | Posted in LATEST NEWS, Science/Environment | Read More »

Snow falls in Sahara desert for first time in 37 years

Snow falls in Sahara desert for first time in 37 years

The Algerian town of Ain Sefra, deep in the dry, hot Sahara desert was hit by a freak snowfall on December 19. It’s the first time snow has fallen in the region in 37 years. Amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata took stunning pictures of snow falling on the world’s largest hot desert. Bouchetata took the photographs […]

December 22nd, 2016 | Posted in LATEST NEWS, PHOTO FEATURE, Science/Environment | Read More »

Aid groups warn of crisis as Mongolia hit by harsh winter

Aid groups warn of crisis as Mongolia hit by harsh winter

BEIJING:  Another unusually harsh winter in Mongolia that’s decimating livestock and sending temperatures to minus 56 degrees Celsius (minus 70 Fahrenheit) may create a humanitarian crisis, with worse conditions still to come, aid groups warn. Save the Children and the International Federation of the Red Cross said Wednesday that this winter will likely see vast […]

December 22nd, 2016 | Posted in LATEST NEWS, Science/Environment | Read More »

Dhaulagiri glacier shrinking, thanks to climate change

Dhaulagiri glacier shrinking, thanks to climate change

MYAGDI:  Dhaulagiri glacier has started shrinking due to melting of ice. The glaciers are becoming thin in the mountainous region of late. This year, the southern part of Mt Nilgiri lost ice more than previous years. Tourism entrepreneur Tej Bahadur Gurung of Narchyang VDC said the mountain has turned into a “black cliff”. “The stream flowing from the […]

December 21st, 2016 | Posted in LATEST NEWS, PHOTO FEATURE, Science/Environment | Read More »

Dolphin conservation action plan in offing

Dolphin conservation action plan in offing

KATHMANDU:  The International Union for Conservation of Nature is all set to prepare dolphin conservation action plan within two years in collaboration with the Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation. After successfully completing the first integrated dolphin census in Nepal this monsoon, IUCN is now gearing up to prepare dolphin conservation action plan. Natural […]

December 17th, 2016 | Posted in LATEST NEWS, Science/Environment | Read More »

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