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Climate Models and Decision Making

Scientists have used climate models to project climate conditions in the future under various scenarios. Looking at the movement of energy and materials through the climate system, climate models are referred to as general circulation models (GCMs) (NOAA). In order … Continue reading

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A Precautionary Principle for Climate Models and Decision-making

Definitions of risk are often framed around the possibility of harm. Decision-makers will never have 100% certainty, especially when it comes to climate variability. The UNFCCC does not allow incomplete data to limit global response. Instead, it follows a “precautionary … Continue reading

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Climate Models

One of the key critiques of climate models is that they are incredibly vague. For example the 2100 precipitation change compared to the 1970-1999 baseline in Nepal is modeled to be between -30% and 100%. It is true that no … Continue reading

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Relevance of The 2015 Gorkha Earthquake

Nepali Timeline:   1996: Nepali Civil War begins 2001: Prince Dipendra assassinates nine royal family members 2002: King Gyanendra temporarily dissolves government 2008: Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist wins election, Nepal becomes the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal April 2015: Nepal … Continue reading

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Nepal’s Most Significant Recent Events

1962 •Manhendra comes to power and implements the panchayat system of government. This allowed the king to rule with the help of councils (panchayat). 1987-1990 •Tensions between Nepal and India grow. This results in the interruption of trade, expulsion of … Continue reading

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Living with Nepal’s History – The Civil War and Climate Change

A Timeline of Climate Change in Nepal 1951 – The Rana monarchy falls and Nepal opens up to global trade. Nepal joins the United Nations four years later. Liberalized trade improved incomes but also exposed Nepal to global price shocks. … Continue reading

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How Nepal’s Earthquake Could Be a Climate Change Game Changer

On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Gorkha district of Nepal. During the months afterward, the country experienced hundreds of aftershocks, many with a magnitude greater than or equal to 4.0 and some greater than 6.0 (Shrestha … Continue reading

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Reversing US Leadership in Climate Talks: Donald Trump and the Paris Agreement

“America has led the world in carbon dioxide reductions even as we have continued to expand our energy production.” Truth-O-Meter: Half True (partially accurate but leaves out important details or takes things out of context) On June 1st, 2017, United … Continue reading

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The Soul of the Rhino

In the novel, The Soul of the Rhino by Hermanta Mishra, the author portrays dichotomic intersection that shape Nepal using the subject of the greater one-horned Asian rhinoceros (Indian rhinoceros) at its focal point. The rhino was described as a … Continue reading

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UNFCCC- Deforestation

As the relationship between greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change becomes increasingly apparent studies examining ways to mitigate these changes are also raising.  The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) provides a list on their website of … Continue reading

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