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.
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.
Engineers have channelled the Kosi over a long distance before building the Atal Setu in Bihar, raising the risk of higher flood surges
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
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
With growing warnings of the cascading impacts of climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalayas, the region’s hydropower sector ought to take note
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
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
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
Farming in the delta in Bangladesh depends on silt, which is being blocked by dams in other countries upstream
Flood embankments built along the Karnali in India have exacerbated disastrous floods and made people more vulnerable
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
Nepal’s largest dam project is caught up in wider regional political play, leaving locals in limbo for decades.
Tibet’s development boom has left downstream Nepal more vulnerable to floods and dam collapse – with both governments turning a blind eye
Trawler owners ignore the seasonal bans on Hilsa fishing, driving Bengal’s favourite fish to near-extinction in the Ganga.
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
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
Dam building and pollution have turned transboundary rivers between India and Bangladesh into dirty sludge, unable to sustain life
The increasing demand for river water and the overall rise in temperature are adversely impacting the life cycle of dolphins
While most Nepalese blame the 2008 breach on India, Nepal itself has constructed hundreds of kilometres of embankments, which remain popular, despite fundamental flaws