Global warming will melt over 1/3 of the Himalayan ice cap by 2100

February 11, 2019 by  
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Asia’s Himalayan mountain range is about to undergo some major changes. New research predicts that global warming will melt at least one-third or up two two-thirds of the glaciers in the region by the year 2100, significantly affecting the 2 billion people who call the mountainous area home. The alarming prediction will come to pass if global carbon emissions continue at their current rates. Even more disturbing is that one-third of the glaciers in the Himalaya and Hindu Kush range will still disappear, even if governments far exceed expectations and dramatically cut emissions. Related: NASA finds cavity the size of Manhattan underneath Antarctic glacier According to The Guardian , the threatened glaciers are a life source for the millions of people in the region. They also provide water for around 1.65 billion people who live in China , Pakistan and India. Once these glaciers start melting, communities along the Indus river and waterways in central Asia will experience heavy flooding. “This is the climate crisis you haven’t heard of,” Philippus Wester, who works for the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, explained in the report. “In the best of possible worlds, if we get really ambitious [in tackling climate change ], even then we will lose one-third of the glaciers and be in trouble.” The new report predicts that the majority of flooding will occur between 2050 and 2060. After that point, the excess water will run out, and the rivers in the region will experience a decrease in water flow. This will have severe impacts on the hydrodams in the area, which use water to generate electricity for millions of residents. The melting glaciers also affect the monsoon season, which makes it hard to predict rainfall and water supplies. Farmers are already facing issues as water levels are starting to fall during the time they traditionally plant crops. Monsoons are also becoming more frequent, and the resulting flooding is threatening crop growth. Unfortunately, there is no way to stop the glaciers from melting over the next 80 years. Even if carbon emissions are significantly cut over the next 50 years, a large portion of the ice cap will still disappear, leaving billions of people dealing with what could be a global climate crisis. That said, curbing carbon emissions could help preserve over half of the glaciers, which is still a goal worth pursuing. Via The Guardian Image via Pixabay

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New Nepalese Law Requires Climbers to Clean up Mt. Everest’s Shocking Garbage

March 4, 2014 by  
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Campers, hikers, and climbers should all follow a “ Leave No Trace ” approach when exploring the great outdoors. Unfortunately for Mt. Everest, a lack of this ethic has resulted in the famous peak being littered with thousands of pounds of garbage. The Nepalese government passed new rules requiring climbers to carry 17.6 pounds (8kg) of trash off the mountain (in addition to their own garbage) before they are allowed to leave. There is no word yet about what kind of fine or penalty will be leveraged in the event of non-compliance. Read the rest of New Nepalese Law Requires Climbers to Clean up Mt. Everest’s Shocking Garbage Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-tourism , everest summiteers association , himalayas , leave no trace , mark jenkins , mountain climbers , mt everest , mt everest pollution , Nepal , northeast ridge , sir edmund hillary , southeast ridge , tenzing norgay        

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Floating Arctic Harvester Farm Uses Water from Melting Icebergs to Feed Greenland

March 4, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Floating Arctic Harvester Farm Uses Water from Melting Icebergs to Feed Greenland Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architectural competition , Arctic Harvester , Climate Change , floating architecture , floating structures , French architects , futuristic design , futuristic floating farms , global warming , Greenland local food , hydroponic farm , hydroponic farms , iceberg melting , Jacques Rougerie Competition , polar caps melting , student architecture projects , water issues        

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World’s Highest Webcam Monitors Climate Change on Everest

October 11, 2011 by  
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Screenshot via evk2cnr.org Scaling the world’s highest peak normally required months of training and heaps of determination — but now, thanks to a new webcam installed on Mount Everest, anyone with an internet connection can get a taste of life in the clouds without leaving home. Recently, Italian researchers studying global warming in the Himalayas installed a heavy-duty, solar-powered camera at 18 thousand feet as a way of monitoring how climate change is impacting the region…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Why "Gandhi of Water" Rajendra Singh Is Traveling the Length of the Ganges River

September 10, 2010 by  
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Image of Rajendra Singh in the documentary Flow via Mongrel Media Considered the Gandhi of water issues, Rajendra Singh is an activist about to begin an incredible walk in order to bring attention to India’s water problems.

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Main Climate Threat Comes From Stuff We Haven’t Yet Built… There’s Still Time to Turn It Around

September 10, 2010 by  
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We have to stop building polluting infrastructure, now. Photo: eutorphication & hypoxia via flickr

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Plumen Proves We Want Weirdly Shaped Light Bulbs

September 10, 2010 by  
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Image via Plumen A couple years ago, we told you about a concept light bulb called Plumen

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Ignoring Soot Pollution Means We’re 8 More Years Behind Schedule in Tackling Climate Change

June 25, 2010 by  
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Cairo is behind that smog… photo: Nina Hale via flickr TreeHugger has written about the growing acknowledgement that soot pollution is a major component of global warming–contributing a shocking amount to melting of glaciers in the Himalayas is just one example.

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April 6, 2010 by  
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If you’ve eaten out at a nice(ish) restaurant this century, chances are you’ve seen bluefin tuna on the menu as sushi, tartare or simply as a grilled and marinated tuna steak.  Bluefin tuna has become the Maybach Benz of the tuna world – nothing you’ll ever find canned at the supermarket or mixed up with mayo and pickle relish at your favorite deli.

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