Nepal Turns To Greener Brick Kilns

Paavan Mathema, AFP

Home Projects Lookout360°: 6-month Climate Change Immersive Story Accelerator Quake helps clear filthy air over Nepal's brick kilns - Paavan Mathema, AFP

The thick black smoke emitted from the towering chimneys of brick kilns in Nepal is a major source of black carbon, which settles on the country’s fabled Himalayan peaks and monsoon clouds, worsening the effects of climate change.

But when the 2015 earthquake toppled a third of the chimneys it offered a rare opportunity to for a clean up that is helping to combat a homegrown environmental threat and influencing change in other brick kiln giants in South Asia.

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Paavan Mathema is currently a correspondent with the Kathmandu, Nepal Bureau of the Agence France-Presse (AFP). She covers a wide rage of issues including politics, economics, environment and culture for the agency, reporting on breaking news as well as producing text and video features.

She has nearly a decade-long journalism experience, and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Hong Kong.

Paavan feels that immersive storytelling is emerging as a powerful journalistic tool that can amplify viewer engagement and is excited to learn the techniques and opportunities to tell the story in a new way.

She tweets at @paavan11.