Climate change in Nepal

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So much is happening around the globe and we are being selfish. Flooding, deforestation, landslides and so many more are the problems currently and these can only be enlarged by climate change. Everything that’s happening here in Nepal is greatly worsened by climate change. We do realize that the patterns in monsoon are intensifying the problems of our country like poverty while so many people are adjusting to climate change. And people who are in drought have no other choice but to cope up with the environment.

Firstly, climate change is one of the major challenges in the world and it has been labeled as a “wicked problem”. Nepalese people don’t even understand the outcomes of this problem. They don’t even understand what the future holds for them. They need to understand the problems they are facing and the ones they will be facing and simultaneously, the solutions to this wicked problem.



Due to climate change, Himalayan region is the most overwhelmed one. Research on these areas has found that as the temperature is more likely to go up in these particular regions, rainfall will be more unpredictable in the future. And this is worse. Also, research has stated two types of disasters – rapid and slow. As mentioned above, flooding, landslides are rapid ones and snow melting, forest fires fall under the slow category. Research also suggested that responses to climate change impacts need immediate actions and the methods must be incremental solutions at local, regional and national scales.

Additionally, Nepal is a small country and has very unique climate conditions. The diversity in Nepal’s climate also matches the diversity of multiple ecosystems and plants and animals. Around 65% of agricultural land is rain-fed and only 21% of Nepal’s area is suitable for growing crops and the remaining portion depends on the surface which is likely to be unpredictable rainfall. Hence, climate change is essential for Nepal’s ability to produce food for its population.



Furthermore, in the case of mid hills, climate change is intense according to the results of global climate scenario model. Mirza and Dixit (1997) found that climate change in the Ganga and Brahmaputra basins is likely to change river flows, which in turn will affect low flows, drought, and flood and sedimentation process. This shows that temperatures are increasing in Nepal and this is going to lead to dryness in the non-monsoon seasons. Research has suggested that it rainfall is more likely to more unpredictable and storm force would increase. Thus, climate change is the reason for the dryness in the non-monsoon seasons.

All in all, we really need to see the problems that we are facing and what the future holds for us. We all are ignoring the facts and the FACTS NEVER LIE. Yes, it must because the climate change hasn’t touched you yet. You are fine sitting at your reading this and realizing for maybe a max of 2 minutes and then you don’t even remember. Isn’t it hotter than the previous year? Isn’t it colder than the previous year? And every year, isn’t it getting hotter and hotter & colder and colder? Do the right thing.



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