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Wildfires are raging in Nepal — climate change isn’t the only culprit

Local residents react to a flare of flame above the roof of a building illuminating the night sky.

Firefighters, police officers and local residents try to extinguish a wildfire near the village of Lubhu in Lalitpur district, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, overnight on 1 May 2024. Credit: Prakash Mathema/AFP via Getty

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  • Correction 05 July 2024: Binod Pokharel’s name was spelt incorrectly in a previous version of this article.


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