Research Articles by Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen*

The Deliberate Over-reporting on the Removal of Nomads from Changtang Nature Reserve

July 2, 2018

According to a recent Xinhua news (19 June 2018), the so called Tibet Autonomous Region(TAR) removed around 1100 villagers (nomads) from the Changtang National Nature Reserve in Nagchu region and were relocated at an area of 27 kilometers from Lhasa. The Deputy Head of the Regional Forestry Bureau of TAR cited low oxygen, poor public facilities, lower than the region's average life expectancy and the need for reduction of human activities that might harm the fragile environment in the nature reserve.......Read More

By Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen*

China’s Gold Mining in Tibet is a Strategic Move against India

June 11, 2018

A recent article in South China Morning Post (SCMP) about rapidly expanding Chinese gold mining activities in Tibet, close to India's border, reverberated the Sino-India border tension. The Post deliberately titled the article 'How Chinese mining in the Himalayas may create a new military flashpoint with India' to stir the volatile relation between the two neighbors.......Read More

By Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen*

The Real Cause behind Tibet’s Garbage Crisis

May 4, 2018

Twenty years ago, garbage was never a prevalent issue in Tibet. Domestic waste was ingeniously managed and processed into manure for farm use. But in recent years, the rampant littering on the Tibetan Plateau has become an obnoxious reality and a rapidly evolving crisis.......Read More

By Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen*

Monthly Environment Related News Analysis

February 14, 2018

Tibetan Nomad forced to make way for Mining in Lhatok   According to a Radio Free Asia report on 16 January 2018, the Chinese authorities in Tibet’s Chamdo prefecture have forced about 400 to 500 nomadic families in Lhato for expansion of Yulung Copper Mine and warned locals not to go onto the newly fenced off... Read more »......Read More

By Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen*

UN Climate Change Summits: With or Without Tibet

October 27, 2017

The 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) or the UN Climate Summits will be organized by the government of Fiji. But due to logistic issues to accommodate tens of thousands of delegates from 197 member states, the conference will be held in Bonn, Germany from 6-17 November 2017. This mega event is the world's biggest climate conference attended by heads of states, government delegates, climate scientists, environment researchers and activists from from across the globe.......Read More

By Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen*

Flooded Tibet: struggling to adapt to the new reality

September 4, 2017

On 30 August 2017, a massive landslide buried nine people in Golok Machen region of north eastern Tibet. The horrifying disaster occurred in the early hours of the day (4:30am) while residents were still in bed. The day could have been, otherwise, a beautiful summer morning with nomadic melodies echoing across the valley as residents... Read more »......Read More

By Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen*

Garbage Rampage in Tibet

June 4, 2017

Why rampant littering on the world’s highest Plateau concerns us all Tibet, once the mystical Shangri-La to the western world, is still one of the most beautiful places and sought after destination for travelers. As per a Xinhua (Jan 3, 2017) News report, a whopping 23 million tourist flocked to the plateau in the year... Read more »......Read More

By Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen*

Natural Disasters in Tibet: Is it the New Normal?

August 8, 2016

World’s highest plateau witness three different natural disasters in a month A 600 million cubic meters of glacial slide onto the Aru summer pasture of Ruthok County on 17 July 2016, killing nine people, burying more than 110 yaks and 350 sheep. Ruthok is one of the seven counties of Ngari prefecture of the Tibetan... Read more »......Read More

By Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen*

China’s New Environmental Protection Law, Not for Tibet

August 19, 2015

The toxic smog engulfing Beijing and other Chinese cities has forced the Communist government to amend its development model and bring in a new environmental protection law in a bid to calm ever growing public anger. Unfortunately, as in the past, the new environment law may prefer to stay within China proper rather than extend... Read more »......Read More

By Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen*

China’s New Environmental Protection Law, Not for Tibet

April 17, 2015

The toxic smog engulfing Beijing and other Chinese cities has forced the Communist government to amend its development model and bring in a new environmental protection law in a bid to calm ever growing public anger. Unfortunately, as in the past, ......Read More

By Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen*