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  • Floating farms boost flood resilience on river island in Assam0

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    • September 14, 2021

    The Third Pole To combat the problems of floods and irregular rainfall, the residents of Majuli, the world’s largest river island, are growing vegetables on rafts 14 September 2021 A farmer tends her crops on a floating platform. This method of growing vegetables and herbs has helped farmers in Majuli deal with flooding and irregular

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  • Bone-dry Afghanistan stares at future famines0

    The Third Pole Climate change, bad water management and decades of conflict have left the country unprepared to face worsening droughts, with many now fleeing drought and hunger Afghan children play in the mud in an unofficial camp for internally displaced people in Herat, Afghanistan (Image: Charlie Faulkner) Charlie Faulkner July 23, 2021 With scant

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  • Nepal’s controversial move to cash in on wildlife farming0

    The article has been republished from the Third Pole. Nepal is pressing ahead with controversial plans to launch commercial farming of wild animals in the country, as major traditional Chinese medicine companies seek to invest A Siberian musk deer in captivity. The Himalayan musk deer is one of the species that could be farmed for

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  • Nepal forests offer new clues to unlock carbon potential0

    The Third Pole An analysis of plots across Nepal shows that a forest’s ability to lock in carbon depends more on tree size and density than species variation   The new research points out how size inequality increases forests’ capacity to absorb carbon, but the big trees they harbour have unique carbon trapping qualities of

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  • CLIMATE: Dams, roads worsened Himalayan flood impact manifold0

    Climate change made the Uttarakhand flash flood possible, and poor development policies made it disastrous The Thirdpole    2 March 2021 NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey and topographic data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). Joydeep Gupta February 25, 2021 The February 7 flash

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  • In Bangladesh, a community lives and dies on boats0

    CULTURE theThirdpole.net The Sardar community in Bhola lives exclusively on boats. But while these fishers are self-reliant, they are also largely deprived of government assistance Md. Abdus Salam February 19, 2021 “This river is our life,” said 38-year-old Jobeda Khatun, as she looked at the vast body of water known as the Meghna river. Her

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  • Human traffickers prey on Rohingya refugees0

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    • February 15, 2021

    In Bangladesh’s refugee camps, people are lured by dreams of a better life and of meeting family to take a ruinously expensive and murderously risky illegal route to Malaysia   This article was originally published on The Third Pole under a Creative Commons licence. In the southeastern corner of Bangladesh, boats lined up at the

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  • Safe water costs 40 times more in coastal Bangladesh than cities0

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    • January 18, 2021

    The Third Pole Water is everywhere in coastal Bangladesh, but is increasingly undrinkable as sea level rise caused by climate change is turning water sources saline Brajasundari buys water, a new experience in previously water-abundant Bangladesh, where salt water intrusion is affecting water sources [Image by: Riyan Talha] Riyan Talha, January 5, 2021 Twice a

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  • Ropeways’ green image masks potential damage in Himalayas0

    Ropeways are being touted by the Indian government as an environment-friendly form of transport in the Himalayas, but experts and locals say they risk disturbing fragile mountain ecosystems and disrupting livelihoods Ropeway terminal under construction in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh [image by: Meenakshi Kapoor] Meenakshi Kapoor, January 4, 2021   “We are not against the ropeway

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  • Pakistan’s first city metro: Another ‘huge white elephant’?0

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    • December 15, 2020

    The Third pole Belt and Road Built under CPEC, Pakistan’s Orange Line Metro Train promised to reduce traffic and cut pollution in Pakistan’s second-biggest city, but is failing to draw commuters Currently only about 0.6% of Lahore’s population use the Orange Line, with 24% of the trains’ capacity being used [Image by: Xinhua/Jamil Ahmed] Zofeen

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  • Heatwaves, floods, storms new normal in pandemic year: WMO0

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    • December 3, 2020

    People across South Asia and China paid a heavy price in 2020 as severe cyclones, persistent heavy rain and floods set new records Flood in Kamrup, Assam, July 23, 2020. The WMO says this was one of India’s two wettest years since 1994 [Image by: David Talukdar/Alamy] Natalie Taylor, Soumya Sarkar, December 3, 2020 Climate

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  • Eight Hindu Kush Himalayan countries issue a united call0

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    • November 24, 2020

    Despite serious tensions, governments recognise their joint dependence on the water tower of Asia The eight countries agreed to speak in a united voice at global climate and biodiversity negotiations [Image by: Zoonar GmbH/Alamy] Joydeep Gupta, November 16, 2020 The Hindu Kush Himalayas may finally get a united eight-country voice to safeguard its ecosystem, if

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  • Opinion: An equation to restore river basins in South Asia0

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    • November 23, 2020

    Non-profit organisation INTACH has developed a model of basin management that prioritises the flow of medium-sized and minor rivers in the Indus, Ganga and Brahmaputra basins A melon field planted on the Yamuna’s dry riverbed, which flows past the Taj Mahal in Agra. The Yamuna is almost dry for most of its course downstream of

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  • India: Indigenous rights undermined for hydropower in Himachal Pradesh0

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    • November 6, 2020

    Villagers in the northern Indian state say they have been left out of a crucial decision on the second and third stage of a hydropower project with huge environmental risks The Sutlej river in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. Local communities worry that hydropower projects upstream will dry up their supply of water for irrigation [Image by:

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