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  • Protests bring CPEC’s Kashmir dam to a halt0

    Belt and Road As protests halt a major Chinese hydropower dam in Kashmir, Pakistani experts emphasise the need to move to solar and wind sources to generate energy Fears of river diversion have led to protests against a Chinese funded hydropower project in Kashmir [image by: Ghulam Rasool] Zofeen T. Ebrahim, March 7, 2019 The

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  • Silt, a blessing or a misery for Bangladesh?0

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    • January 19, 2019

    Farming in the delta depends on silt, which is being blocked by dams in other countries upstream Silt has built up the land in Bangladesh, but upstream dams now limit the silt that comes in, and the silt that is there, hampers river navigation and leads to flooding [image by: Masul Al Mamun] Rafiqul Islam,

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  • Faith to reality: A journey down the Karnali River from Tibet to India0

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    • January 19, 2019

    thethirdpole.net’s Nepal Editor Ramesh Bhushal and photographer Nabin Baral travelled from the source of the Karnali in Tibet, through Nepal to its confluence with the Ganga in India Mansarovar lake (God’s Lake) south of Mount Kailash Tibet, China [image by: Nabin Baral] Ramesh Bhushal, January 7, 2019 Introduction Mount Kailash in southwestern Tibet is the source

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  • Governments leading world to disastrous warming: UN0

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    • December 1, 2018

    Not enough governments are on track to cut carbon emissions, but private sector could be the saviour if coal, oil and gas subsidies are removed, UN Environment suggests Countries are not switching away from coal fast enough to be effective [image by: Andrew / Flickr] Governments will not be able to uphold the Paris Climate

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  • Highway project poses grave danger to Himalayas: a multimedia report0

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    • October 28, 2018

    Highway project poses grave danger to Himalayas: a multimedia report The Char Dham highway project to connect four Hindu shrines has become contentious, with local residents and environmentalists saying that it endangers the fragile mountain ecosystem Hridayesh Joshi, October 25, 201 Suraj Singh Ramola stared at his ruined farmland at the gateway to four important

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  • Drought in Afghanistan hits food supply0

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    • October 22, 2018

    Satellite imagery makes it clear that snow and rainfall have been exceedingly sparse in parts of the world, including Afghanistan, and this is leading to drought and displacement Kasha Patel, October 17, 2018 Food production is influenced by myriad conditions: Weather that is too dry, too wet, too hot, or too cool can severely affect

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  • India, Bangladesh and three dying rivers0

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    • October 22, 2018

    Dam building and pollution have turned these transboundary rivers into dirty sludge, unable to sustain life Fisherman Gurudayal Haldar says rampant pollution in the Atreyee River has cause a drastic fall in catch (All photos by Gurvinder Singh) Gurvinder Singh, October 19, 2018 Gurudayal Haldar, 62, has been a fisherman for the past five decades

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  • Rising sea swamps island along Bengal coast0

    Joydeep Gupta, Monday January 15th, 2018 Around 1.5 million people will be displaced in the Sundarbans, and the process has started Standing atop an 18-foot embankment, Badruddin Sarkar pointed to his previous home, engulfed by a rising sea (top). That was in 2009. In December 2017, Abdul Hanan showed the saline wasteland left behind (bottom)

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  • Bangladesh: The disappearing wetlands of Dhaka0

    Uncontrolled and unplanned growth has meant that more than 75% of Dhaka’s wetlands have disappeared since 1967, leaving a hotter, far more miserable, city As Dhaka expands, wetlands are illegally taken over in its suburbs [image by: Sheikh Enam] Pinaki Roy, Tuesday March 13th, 2018 Shaheen Mollah recalls that, when he was a child, goods-carrying

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  • Rapid industrialisation poses pollution risk to the Sundarbans0

    The increasing number of heavily polluting factories producing petrochemicals, cement, and leather on the edge of the Sundarbans, as well as new thermal power plants, threatens the mangrove ecosystem The rejuvenated Mongla port is expanding very rapidly [image by: Soumya Sarkar] Soumya Sarkar, March 16, 2018 Mongla port is a hive of activity. Several oceangoing

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