Sunday, August 30, 2009

You and your damned cell phone charger: It's simultaneously causing Nepal to have too little water AND too much water

August 28, 2009: Oxfam warning over Nepal climate
Several million villagers living in Nepal's hills are facing water shortages which have, in turn, led to falling crop yields.

A lack of ground water has also contributed to the spread of diseases such as diarrhoea, as villagers use dirty streams and rivers for drinking water.
August 30, 2009: Melting glaciers threaten 'Nepal tsunami'
Nepal has more than 2,300 glacial lakes and experts say at least 20 are in danger of bursting.
Ten years ago Nepal launched a three-million-dollar project funded by the Dutch government to lower the water level in the country's biggest glacial lake, Tsho Rolpa, in the eastern Himalayas.

The lake had grown from 0.23 square kilometres in 1957 to 1.65 square kilometres in 1997 and threatened villages and a major hydropower plant under construction downstream.

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