Nepalese volunteers clean 3 tons of trash from Mount Everest

May 10, 2019 by  
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Fourteen Nepalese volunteers collected three tons of garbage from Mount Everest in the first two weeks of their clean-up. The government-sponsored initiative is an effort to reduce growing amounts of garbage on the world’s tallest mountain. Nearly one-third of the garbage collected was taken by helicopter to recycling facilities in Kathmandu, while the remaining trash was sent to a landfill in the Okhaldhunga district. “The clean-up campaign will be continued in the coming seasons as well to make the world’s tallest mountain clean,” Dandu Raj Ghimire, Chief of the Nepalese Tourism Ministry, told Agence France-Presse. “It is our responsibility to keep our mountains clean.” Related: China closes Mount Everest base camp after overwhelming trash problem reports In 2013, the Nepali government implemented a deposit system , requiring every climbing team to bring back 18 pounds of trash per person or lose $4,000 USD. Even despite this expensive deposit, less than half of the hikers returned with garbage. In February, Chinese base camps in Tibet reportedly closed their doors to tourists, limiting visitor traffic to just climbers. In the last 65 years, 4,000 people summited Mount Everest, with 807 in 2018 alone. Thousands more hikers and tourists visit the base camps at the bottom of the famous mountain yearly. With climbing season kicking off around April, the problem of trash remains a rising concern on both the Chinese and Nepalese sides of the mountain. The rising temperatures is causing ice and snow to melt , revealing garbage that was previously hidden. Climbing guides and sherpas say the trash problem gets worse as you get closer to the 29,000-foot summit, likely because exhausted and oxygen-deprived climbers welcome the lighter load that comes with leaving things behind. Related: Mount Everest’s melting glaciers expose the bodies of long-lost climbers Under the melting snow , the volunteer clean-up crew has collected tents, climbing equipment, oxygen tanks, bottles, cans, human excrement and even four bodies of missing climbers. The crew hopes to collect at least 10 tons of garbage by the end of their six-week volunteer clean-up effort. Via Yale Environment 360 Images via Mike ( 1 , 2 )

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How Wearable Technology Could be Bad for Your Health

November 1, 2014 by  
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Wearable technology is blowing up, so with new smart watches and smart textiles popping up constantly, it might be past time to consider what all of those little electromagnetic signals are doing to our bodies. Science still doesn’t have a definitive answer, but we are starting to get a picture of what our wearables are doing to us and it may make you want to reconsider wearing that fitness tracker all day long. READ MORE >  Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electromagnetic in wearables , fitness tracker impact on health , health and technology , smart watch impact on health , wearable technology , wearable technology health , wearable technology impact on health , wearables , wearables electricity

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The Dirty Secrets About Toxic Chemicals Lurking in Common Cleaners

December 9, 2011 by  
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The cleaning products that we use to wipe down our countertops, wash our dishes and clothes and scent our air contain potentially toxic chemicals, and they’re getting into our bodies.

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Are There Public Composting Toilets in San Francisco’s Future?

December 9, 2011 by  
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A local activist has proposed that the city test several composting toilet models outdoors and in public buildings to determine if it is feasible to deploy the units citywide.

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Live On From Beyond The Groove: Have Your Ashes Pressed Into Vinyl

September 1, 2010 by  
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TreeHugger has reviewed many different, greener things to do with our bodies after we have shuffled off the mortal coil, from freeze-drying to composting .

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The Hazards of Sugar: Complete Lecture [VIDEO]

January 11, 2010 by  
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[ Image Credit: Sugar. Creative Commons photo by Uwe Hermann ] If you’re an avid Eat. Drink

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What Happens to Cold Blooded Animals in a Warming World (Slideshow)

November 19, 2009 by  
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The European Green Lizard, Lacerta viridis , shows off a blue head while catching some rays. Lizards and other so-called “cold-blooded” animals have complex biochemistry: sometimes they have 4 to 10 different enzyme systems where humans would use only 1.

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Fake Snow in China, Kurt Vonnegut’s Brother, Falling Cement and Other Weather-Mod Tales

November 19, 2009 by  
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Flickr/kudumomo Our story on China’s earliest snowfall in decades got picked up by Green Patriot Radio , which interviewed me on the ins and outs of the country’s extensive rainmaking program. Among the trivia I share: – Rainmaking technology was first developed in the US under Dr

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Spring/Summer 2010: Lulu Frost Vintage Jewelry (Photos)

November 19, 2009 by  
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Credit: Lulu Frost Lulu Frost jewelery designer Lisa Salzer draws inspiration from Bond Girls Honey Ryder, Strawberry Fields, and Mary Goodnight in her feminine yet edgy designs for spring summer 2010 . Vintage resin stones are handcrafted into geometric protective shapes on brass and silver deco chains, resulting in guilt-free extravagant jewelry .

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