“The Water Level will Rise if Global Warming Continues to Rise”


Kathmandu, July 7: Experts warned that the water level would rise 8-12 percent by 2050 if the current global warming situation continued to rise due to climate change.

In a program organized by the Nepal Federation of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ) in collaboration with Clean Energy Nepal on Monday, climate change expert Manjeet Dhakal said that the amount of water would increase enormously by 2050 if the temperature continued to rise.

“If no steps had been taken to control existing global warming, the earth’s temperature would have risen an additional 1.3 to 1.8 degrees Celsius by 2050,” he warned.

Dhakal shared that global warming has increased by one degree Celsius after the duration of industrialization. The 2015 Paris Agreement promised to limit global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

He also stated that more than 80 percent of recent disaster incidents in Nepal have occurred due to the effects of climate change.

Dhakal also highlighted the exhibition initiatives that the Nepalese government has undertaken so far to mitigate risks from climate change.

According to ICIMOD, Nepal has up to 3,252 Himalayan glaciers and 2,323 glacial lakes. Most glaciers have witnessed changes in their size and shape, while 20 snow lakes are at risk. As several studies have revealed, the snow-capped rivers of Nepal are rapidly melting.

Environmental journalist Rajesh Ghimire warned of the rise in life-threatening water-borne diseases such as diarrhea and mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, kala-azar and Japanese encephalitis due to increased warming, which is also likely to increase mortality rates.

“Much of the population would be suffering from water-borne diseases due to the shortage of pure drinking water with the increase in incidents of floods and landslides,” he added.

According to the International Forum on Climate Change, the earth’s average temperature has already risen by 0.85 degrees Celsius and is continuing to rise.

The iceberg in the arctic area of ​​the earth is being depleted by three percent in a decade. In the time span between 1900 and 2019, the sea level has risen from 0.18 to 0.2 meters.

The Government of Nepal has identified the adaptations to climate change implemented by grassroots people and has developed various institutional and policy mechanisms to address the problem.
Clean Energy Nepal has also been advocating for the establishment and operationalization of local, regional and national mechanisms to reach climate finance for the climate vulnerable population.-rising nepal daily

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