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Fires in Nepal May Be Caused by Global Warming

April 15th, 2009 Category: Climate Change, Fires

Fires in Nepal - March 14th, 2009

Fires in Nepal - March 14th, 2009

Close-up of smoke - March 14th, 2009

Close-up of smoke

The forest fires that flared unusually viciously in many of Nepal’s national parks and conserved areas this dry season have left conservationists worrying if climate change played a role, reports the BBC.

At least four protected areas were on fire for an unusually long time until the beginning of April. Most of the big fires were in and around the national parks along the country’s northern areas bordering Tibet, harming flora and fauna. The carbon dioxide emitted by the fires was a strong matter of concern, according to Nepal’s WWF office.

Forest fires in Nepal’s jungles and protected areas are not uncommon during the dry season between October and January. However, the director of Nepal’s Department of Hydrology and Meteorology noted that winters have become progressively drier over the last three or four years, with this year setting a new dryness record. For nearly six months, no precipitation has fallen across most of the country – the longest dry spell in recent history, according to meteorologists.

Most of the fires come about as a consequence of the “slash and burn” practice that farmers employ for better vegetation and agricultural yields. However, this time the fires remained out of control even in the national parks in the Himalayan region where this practice is uncommon.

Fires - March 17th, 2009

Fires - March 17th, 2009

Fires - March 18th, 2009

Fires - March 18th, 2009

Nepal’s Department of Hydrology and Meteorology suggested that the increasing dryness in recent years that led to so much fire this season is one of the effects of climate change. Other climate change experts were more cautious about drawing conclusions due to the fact that there have been no proper studies of the impacts of climate change in Nepal and the entire Hindu Kush Himalayas.

However, limited studies have shown that temperature in the Himalayas has been increasing on average by 0.06 degrees annually, causing glaciers to melt and retreat faster. The meltdown has been rapidly filling up many glacial lakes that could break their moraines and burst out, sweeping away everything downstream.

In Nepal and neighbouring countries, these “glacial lake outburst floods” and monsoon-related floods resulting from erratic rainfalls are at present the most talked-about disasters in the context of climate change.

2 Responses to “Fires in Nepal May Be Caused by Global Warming”

  1. 1

    Check out this , a cut of a article …

    The Himalayan country of Nepal neither has plenty of industries nor have excessive number of vehicles and the problem of deforestation are also not very serious here. But the unusual climate change, in considerable level is being observed since few years. The gift of the industrialization nations to the globe, the global warming has covered the entire atmospheric sphere of Nepal and whole Himalayas is in melting process. Without any fault Nepal is getting punishment of global warming.

    Each year temperature in Nepal is increasing by 0.06 degree celcius rate. The agriculture sector has been unreliable due to heavy rain, draught and flood. Recently, an American satellite photographed the picture of burning forests of different location of Nepal. Due to no rain in the winter and excess dryness in forest the forest fire is ever-increasing in Nepal.

    Its just not about nepal case , flood in queensland, iceberg of wilkins……its about the threat that is on our earth. If Developed, developing countries r enjoying perk being called as superpower ( i think they r super destroyer of our life, environment)also need to pay for all these destruction. Recent years China and India’s irresponsible developing activities are more and more influencing the grt HIMALAYAN REGION. Why dont they
    This is always the case bigger sucks blood ….

    Well lets not complain or point middle finger to all these , we all knows how n why?…

    Time has come international , whole community of the world must initiate proper efective action to save this whole biosphere , our environment.

    Wot i would like to suggest is that we people from individual level must do something , must change our attitude of negligence of these severe matter , must change our attitude towards our own living way.
    Lets not depend n wait for bigger hands to initiate , we r reponsible ppl to this nature n of our own healthy life n futture lives , considering all these points even we can raise our voice to any environment degrading factors from irresponsible person to family to small n big industries in our own locality.
    If we conquer ourselve first , then local elements then country then we sure whole world n then will have relief slowly.

    If we want to get rid of this grt problem Lets promise from from individual level first and here i do.thankyou very much.

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