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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.

Pamir Mountains, Tajikistan – November 25th, 2008

November 25th, 2008 Category: Image of the day

Storm Over Pamir Mountains, Tajikistan - November 24th, 2008

Pamir Mountains, Tajikistan - November 24th, 2008

In this image we can see part of the Pamir Mountains (also known as the Congling Mountains), a mountain range located in Central Asia formed by the junction or knot of the Tian Shan, Karakoram, Kunlun, and Hindu Kush ranges.

The Pamir Mountains are among the world’s highest mountains. They lie in Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province, stretching into Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, and China.

On the left side, we can see some clouds, possibly the remnants of a snowstorm, over the mountains in Tajikistan. The Pamirs are covered in snow throughout the year, and have long and bitterly cold winters, and short, cool summers.

The Pamir Range’s three highest mountains are Ismoil Somoni Peak (known from 1932–1962 as Stalin Peak, and from 1962–1998 as Communism Peak), 24,590 ft (7,495 m); Ibn Sina Peak (still unofficially known as Lenin Peak), 23,406 ft (7,134 m); and Peak Korzhenevskaya (in Russian, Pik Korzhenevskoi), 23,310 ft (7,105 m).

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Karakoran and Hindu Kush Mountain Ranges, Pakistan – November 9th, 2008

November 9th, 2008 Category: Image of the day

Karakoram and Hindu Kush mountain ranges - November 5th, 2008

Karakoram and Hindu Kush mountain ranges - November 5th, 2008

Here we can see a part of the Karakoram and Hindu Kush mountain ranges, in Pakistan, near the borders with India and Afghanistan. The Karakoram range covers the majority of the image, from the center to the east, while the Hindu Kush range is to the northwest.

The Indus River snakes its way down the mountainside, visible near the center of the image. To the right of the river is the peak K2, the second highest mountain in the world with a height of 8611 meters.

Most of the highest mountains in Pakistan are located in the Karakoram range, but some high mountains are in the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush (the highest of which is Tirich Mir, globally ranked 33rd, 7708 m).

Most of the high peaks in Pakistan lie in the Northern Areas of Pakistan or specifically in Gilgit-Baltistan with the exception fo a few 7,000+ m peaks in the high Hindu Kush.

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