Green-coloured number plates introduced for electric vehicles

Green-coloured number plates for electric vehicles were launched in Thimphu on Thursday. According to the UNDP Bhutan, the move is expected to be a low-cost way of encouraging wider public to switch to electric vehicles to beat air pollution and keep Bhutan carbon negative. The launch of the green registration plates was graced by Yab […]

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Butterflies shift their habitat due to climate change

The wings are scarlet with broad black margins and each forewing tip has a diagonal white patch. The butterfly, Red Lacewing (Cethosia biblis) looks playful. It is a new species that was discovered in Bumthang this year. Like Red Lacewing, Rose Windmill and Common Peacock are abundant in southern region but now these butterflies are […]

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Need for better coverage of climate change by media

Lack of reporting by the mainstream media to report on the overarching effects of climate change and how it could go about was one of the discussion in a two-day workshop on “Climate Change, Solutions and the SDGs” which was organized by the UN in partnership with Journalists’ Association of Bhutan (JAB) , WWF Bhutan and ICIMOD at Paro earlier this […]

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Media faces challenges in combating climate change

Strengthening local data on climate change, identifying environment heroes, use of info-graphics in media and need of story grants on climate change were some of the recommendations during the two-day workshop on ‘Climate Change, Solutions and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ on September 3-4 at Paro. The workshop also discussed on journalists facing difficulty in […]

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Female farmers guard their crops against wild boars in Bjemina

It is drizzling and wet in Bjemina in Gidakom, Thimphu. Aum Dema, 32, wears her rain-coat, gumboots and a broad-brimmed hat for protection against the rain. Aum Dema is ready for the night. She is not going far, but to her guardhouse in the middle of her paddy field. Wild boars have been ravaging her […]

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Thimphu’s air quality defies WHO permissible limit

The annual average level of PM 10 (particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5-10 micrometers) has been increasing and its levels have consistently been higher than the standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO’s standards is 20 microgram per cubic meter (µg/m3), however, Thimphu recorded higher than 30 µg/m3 since 2009 and recorded […]

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Plastic ban without substitute is a challenge: Agriculture Minister

The National Environment Commission (NEC) is studying to find the right substitutes for plastics to implement the plastic ban, said Chairperson of NEC and Agriculture Minister Yeshey Penjor during the Friday meet yesterday. Despite the plastic ban from April 1 this year, it was found that consumers and businesses still practice the use of plastics. […]

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