"Delaying action ... could result in some irreversible impacts on some ecosystems, which in the longer term has the potential to lead to substantial additional emissions from ecosystems that would accelerate global warming," it said.
For decades, low awareness and a near dysfunctional waste management system has resulted in litter either thrown into or dumped on the river banks throughout the valley, which ultimately flows down to the Bagmati river.
Vamini Sethi has successfully summited three peaks, including Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mt Elbrus in Russia, and Mt Aconcagua in Argentina. Now, the penultimate, Mount Everest, is up next in a few days.
I was on a 3-month bike ride across five countries of Myanmar, Laos, Thailand , Cambodia and Nepal, to challenge the everyday use of plastic through an activity called Plogging - a mix of jogging and picking up trash.
Amitabh Kant said, "In India, the urbanisation process has just begun unlike Europe, US and China. If we are generating 71 million tonnes of waste every day, it will only increase unless we reduce waste and ensure segregation at source at household-level."
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