GILGIT: Soaring temperatures have intensified melting of glaciers in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), leading to flooding of tributaries and rivers.

Houses located alongside Gilgit River from Gilgit town up to Baseen area are under a threat of flooding in coming days as the volume of water continues to increase.

According to the meteorological department, the highest temperature recorded in Gilgit was 42 degrees centigrade on Monday and dry weather is expected to prevail in coming days. Read more about Melting glaciers heighten flood risks in Gilgit-Baltistan

Starting in April, anyone who climbs Mount Everest in Nepal will be legally required to collect not just their own garbage, but also at least 17.6 pounds of trash left on the mountain by previous climbers. Read more about Want to climb Mount Everest? Bring extra trash bags

Increasingly extreme swings in temperature may put some insects at higher risk than previously thought, according to a new study published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London.

An international team of scientists tested the impact of temperature patterns on 38 species of insects and analyzed the results along with historic climate data and projections for 2050 to 2059. They found that when only the mean temperature rise is considered, insects flourished in the warmer environments. However, when accounting for the variation in highest and lowest temperatures, insects were negatively impacted. Read more about Climate change-related temperature swings leave insects vulnerable

Chitral— Environmentalists as well as social circles of Chitral are shocked over shooting on Alpine Ibex by Ibrar Hussain, former minister for environment.  The minister while visiting Chitral opened fire on Markhors at Tosh, what authorities call an aerial firing. It is illegal to hunt markhor in Chitral and the law was broken by a man who was supposed to inspire others to protect the environment as well as the law. Read more about Minister for Environment opens fire on rare Alpine Ibex

A Kiribati islander, seeking refuge in New Zealand from rising sea levels, will have to wait to find out if he has another chance at getting refugee status.

Ioane Teitiota, who has been living in New Zealand illegally since his work visa expired at the end of 2010, is seeking leave to appeal an immigration tribunal decision denying him refugee status.

Mr Teitiota and his wife moved from South Tarawa six years ago to New Zealand, where their three children were born.

He did not want to return home because of the combined pressures of over-population and sea-level rise.

In the High Court at Auckland today, Mr Teitiota's lawyer Michael Kidd said the tribunal failed to take into account the position of Mr Teitiota's three children in making its decision. Read more about The World’s First Climate Refugee to try his luck