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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Commuting the road along Amochhu turns nightmare

Driving along the right bank of Amochhu has become a nightmare for the people due to deteriorating road conditions. The road which is filled with potholes and water has also affected business communities along the stretch. Around three kilometers of road from Youth Development Fund’s building till Bangey within Thromde has been in horrendous condition […]

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Drying up of irrigation water and poor rainfall affect paddy cultivation in Wangdue

Farmers in Wangduephodrang expect to complete paddy cultivation by end of this month to have optimal yield. Since irrigation water is not sufficient for paddy cultivation, most farmers depend on the monsoon rainfall. However, the Monthly Climate Summary report for June by Weather and Climate Services Division (WCSD), National Center for Hydrology and Meteorology states […]

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No structural damage to Bahunijhora multicellular box culvert bridge

Recent incessant downpour caused havoc across the country. Bhutan witnessed flash floods and road blocks disturbing settlements and road networks. Among them, the block at Bahunijhora stream in Pasakha caused major concern to the Pasakha Industrial Estate, the biggest industrial estate in the country. The multicellular box culvert which was recently completed has been filled […]

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