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Definitive Climate Challenges

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hanges in the climate destroy the basis on which human life subsists; drought, for instance, leads to shortages in food and water. Rising sea levels are already threatening the territories of small island states and vast stretches of coastland. Climate change impacts in Nepal demonstrate alarmingly increasing warming trends. According to a recent OECD report, Nepal’s average mean temperature is projected to increase 1.2 to 3 degrees Celsius in the next 40 to 90 years.

Warming trends will have adverse impacts on Nepal’s Glacial Lake Outburst Flooding (GLOF). Both cause potential danger in livelihood and security of millions people depending on the Himalayan headwaters.

Changes in snow fall patterns are already experienced which pose threats to Himalayan snow accumulation forcing glacial retreats. Dry seasons run off of the rivers in Nepal emanating from Himalayas is now partly reduced, meaning Nepal’s largely agricultural economy, hydroelectricity potential and riverbank farming will be under substantial danger in coming years.

However, the international community has to admit that it has not, as things stand, stepped up to challenged posed by climate change. Global CO2 emissions went up again in 2010, global temperatures are already 0.8oC higher than before industrialization, and sea levels rose twice as uu24fast between 1993 and 2003 as they did in preceding decades; icebergs and glaciers are melting at record speeds. We all need the climate change negotiations under way in Durban to come up with tangible results.

We know that time is short; all the decisions reached need to take effect quickly. The world cannot afford, economically or otherwise, to hold off on combating climate change until its effects become even more drastic. Definitive Climate Challenges

C
hanges in the climate destroy the basis on which human life subsists; drought, for instance, leads to shortages in food and water. Rising sea levels are already threatening the territories of small island states and vast stretches of coastland. Climate change impacts in Nepal demonstrate alarmingly increasing warming trends. According to a recent OECD report, Nepal’s average mean temperature is projected to increase 1.2 to 3 degrees Celsius in the next 40 to 90 years.

Warming trends will have adverse impacts on Nepal’s Glacial Lake Outburst Flooding (GLOF). Both cause potential danger in livelihood and security of millions people depending on the Himalayan headwaters.

Changes in snow fall patterns are already experienced which pose threats to Himalayan snow accumulation forcing glacial retreats. Dry seasons run off of the rivers in Nepal emanating from Himalayas is now partly reduced, meaning Nepal’s largely agricultural economy, hydroelectricity potential and riverbank farming will be under substantial danger in coming years.

However, the international community has to admit that it has not, as things stand, stepped up to challenged posed by climate change. Global CO2 emissions went up again in 2010, global temperatures are already 0.8oC higher than before industrialization, and sea levels rose twice as uu24fast between 1993 and 2003 as they did in preceding decades; icebergs and glaciers are melting at record speeds. We all need the climate change negotiations under way in Durban to come up with tangible results.

We know that time is short; all the decisions reached need to take effect quickly. The world cannot afford, economically or otherwise, to hold off on combating climate change until its effects become even more drastic. Definitive Climate Challenges

C
hanges in the climate destroy the basis on which human life subsists; drought, for instance, leads to shortages in food and water. Rising sea levels are already threatening the territories of small island states and vast stretches of coastland. Climate change impacts in Nepal demonstrate alarmingly increasing warming trends. According to a recent...
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