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With The Third Pole, Mark Synnott explores the intriguing mystery of Andrew Irvine's Everest expedition
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With The Third Pole, Mark Synnott explores the intriguing mystery of Andrew Irvine's Everest expedition

The book is a good read for newbies to the world of Everest and a refresher for those familiar with its past and present.

In Varanasi and Kanpur, a polluted Ganga might have a part to play in 2019 poll results
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In Varanasi and Kanpur, a polluted Ganga might have a part to play in 2019 poll results

Water, air and soil are all polluted in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state; but no campaigner in this election season talks about it, and voters do only when reminded.

Atal Setu, a new bridge in Bihar over troubled Kosi, raises risk of higher flood surges
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Atal Setu, a new bridge in Bihar over troubled Kosi, raises risk of higher flood surges

Engineers have channelled the Kosi over a long distance before building the Atal Setu in Bihar, raising the risk of higher flood surges

No water for a clean Ganga: River's reduced flow and declining health have caused much anguish
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No water for a clean Ganga: River's reduced flow and declining health have caused much anguish

The numerous dams limiting the flow of the Ganga and its tributaries, as well as the massive extraction of water from the river, makes the aspiration of a free flowing river a distant dream.

Clean Kumbh, dirty Ganga: River's transformation during Mela was 'event management', not sustainable solution
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Clean Kumbh, dirty Ganga: River's transformation during Mela was 'event management', not sustainable solution

At the Kumbh Mela this year, the Ganga ran clean, but it was the result of temporary solution — not enough to keep the river basin pollution free, and one that only concealed the problem

Hindu Kush Himalayas witness growth in hydropower projects, despite climate change risks
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Hindu Kush Himalayas witness growth in hydropower projects, despite climate change risks

With growing warnings of the cascading impacts of climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalayas, the region’s hydropower sector ought to take note

Climate change poses risk to Hindu Kush Himalayas, but regional co-operation can offer hope
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Climate change poses risk to Hindu Kush Himalayas, but regional co-operation can offer hope

The communities of the Hindu Kush Himalayas region are critically stressed, but their hope lies in each other, and a high degree of foresighted diplomacy

Water dangers loom for South Asia: Report suggests countries have to start cooperating, or pay a huge price
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Water dangers loom for South Asia: Report suggests countries have to start cooperating, or pay a huge price

With glacier retreat, permafrost melt, and extreme rainfall events, ICIMOD’s HIMAP report suggests that the countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayas have to start cooperating far more closely, or pay a huge price

In the Himalayas, women are left behind in climate change conversations, policies
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In the Himalayas, women are left behind in climate change conversations, policies

When you look at climate change or disasters, the most affected are the poorest women in the Himalayas, because they don’t have access to resources, information, or the skills to adapt.

Silt aids farming in Bangladesh, but authorities must consider risk of floods, compromised navigation
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Silt aids farming in Bangladesh, but authorities must consider risk of floods, compromised navigation

Farming in the delta in Bangladesh depends on silt, which is being blocked by dams in other countries upstream

Floods on Karnali force local population to migrate, as embankments fail to provide relief
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Floods on Karnali force local population to migrate, as embankments fail to provide relief

Flood embankments built along the Karnali in India have exacerbated disastrous floods and made people more vulnerable

Himalayas witness unabated construction as authorities ignore looming climate change issues
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Himalayas witness unabated construction as authorities ignore looming climate change issues

While infrastructure projects such as dams and roads gather pace in the Himalayas, there is no cooperation between India, China and Nepal to tackle the growing problems associated with climate change

Amid politicking, Nepal's largest dam project has left locals in limbo for decades
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Amid politicking, Nepal's largest dam project has left locals in limbo for decades

Nepal’s largest dam project is caught up in wider regional political play, leaving locals in limbo for decades.

Abandoned by Nepal and China, the Hilsa village lives in fear of floods
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Abandoned by Nepal and China, the Hilsa village lives in fear of floods

Tibet’s development boom has left downstream Nepal more vulnerable to floods and dam collapse – with both governments turning a blind eye

Bengal's favourite fish, the hilsa, could soon be extinct as fishing trawlers flout laws
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Bengal's favourite fish, the hilsa, could soon be extinct as fishing trawlers flout laws

Trawler owners ignore the seasonal bans on Hilsa fishing, driving Bengal’s favourite fish to near-extinction in the Ganga.

In Bihar, along the Gandak, silt cultivation offers landless farmers a scanty sustenance
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In Bihar, along the Gandak, silt cultivation offers landless farmers a scanty sustenance

Landless labourers in Bihar benefit from the silt that comes down from the Himalayas with the Gandak river by growing vegetables, but it is an extremely tough life, with very little profit for the farmer

Along the Teesta in Bangladesh, pumpkins are a cause for hope
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Along the Teesta in Bangladesh, pumpkins are a cause for hope

Pumpkin cultivation on sandbars has drawn hundreds and thousands out of extreme poverty in Bangladesh, and this change in cultivation patterns may pave the way for others, as water flow in the Teesta declines

India, Bangladesh — and the story of three transboundary rivers which no longer sustain life
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India, Bangladesh — and the story of three transboundary rivers which no longer sustain life

Dam building and pollution have turned transboundary rivers between India and Bangladesh into dirty sludge, unable to sustain life

Climate change threatens dolphin habitats in Ganga
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Climate change threatens dolphin habitats in Ganga

The increasing demand for river water and the overall rise in temperature are adversely impacting the life cycle of dolphins

Nepal embraces embankments, but poor planning, corruption pose problems
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Nepal embraces embankments, but poor planning, corruption pose problems

While most Nepalese blame the 2008 breach on India, Nepal itself has constructed hundreds of kilometres of embankments, which remain popular, despite fundamental flaws