Months before the quake, Nepal's government was in the midst of turmoil. In January, there was a brawl in Nepal's parliament over a failure to agree on a new constitution for the country. Just over a month later, 35,000 people marched in Kathmandu to express their dissatisfaction with the way constitution was being produced. This crisis was just the latest in a series of similar disputes since the country's civil war ended in 2006.
A flagship event on trade and environment, marking the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Organization (WTO), was held at its headquarters today with the participation of Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and UN Under-Secretary-General andExecutive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner.
Romania, which has the largest area of virgin forests in the EU, is also the country most affected by illegal logging in Europe, a major environmental advocacy group said Monday.
At sunrise in Kathmandu’s historic Basantapur Durbar square, army and volunteer rescue workers try to clear the endless mounds of rubble left behind when the city’s historic monuments collapsed. It is feared that dozens of people are still trapped under the debris.
Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon — the planet's largest rainforest — continues to pace well ahead of last year's rate, reveals data released by Imazon, a Manaus-based nonprofit.