China closes Mount Everest base camp after overwhelming trash problem reports

February 22, 2019 by  
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China is taking steps to clean up Mount Everest amid growing concerns about trash accumulation. The base camp at the foot of the world’s tallest mountain is officially closed to tourists until further notice. The closure of the base camp comes after a surprising report from the Tibet Autonomous Region Sports Bureau, which claims it has picked up over 8 tons of trash from the site, including human waste and general garbage, last year alone. It is unclear when the base camp will open to tourists. Related: Global warming will melt over 1/3 of the Himalayan ice cap by 2100 “[N]o unit or individuals are allowed entry into the core area of the Mount Qomolangma National Nature Reserve,” local officials posted in Tibet . Qomolangma is what Tibetans call Everest. The notices were originally posted last December, though the closure is only now getting attention from media outlets around the world. Climbers can still gain access to Everest via China but not without a special permit. The country plans to issue around 300 permits in 2019. Tourists can also visit Everest, they just cannot reach the mountain through China. Anyone can still reach the north face of Everest via the Rongbuk Monastery, which is located around a mile from the main base camp. Trash buildup around the base of Everest has become a major issue over the past few years. China and Nepal have both initiated programs to deal with removing trash from the site, including encouraging climbers to take their garbage with them when they leave base camp. China, for example, has started to fine climbers who do not come off the mountain with their waste, while Nepal charges $4,000 for a refundable garbage deposit. Despite the efforts to curb trash accumulation, only about 50 percent of climbers came off the mountain with the minimum trash requirement. Although the majority of climbers reach Everest by way of Nepal, 40,000 visitors made their way to the Chinese base camp in 2015. China has not announced when it plans to reopen its base camp on the foot of Mount Everest. Via EcoWatch Image via Shutterstock

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China’s bottled water companies are bottling melting Tibetan glaciers and selling it for a premium price

November 18, 2015 by  
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In China, like most other developed countries, premium bottled water represents a hefty market share. This isn’t a vending machine beverage we’re talking about; most of that is just tap water anyway. We’re talking about something much different and, if you believe the marketing department, better. Think artesian springs, think crystal clear babbling brooks, think Mount Everest. Wait, what? That’s right. Tibetan officials are encouraging companies to tap Himalayan glaciers for premium water, and China thinks that sounds like a stellar idea. Read the rest of China’s bottled water companies are bottling melting Tibetan glaciers and selling it for a premium price

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Chinese Architects Tap Tibetan Expertise in Award-Winning Niyang River Visitor Center Design

October 7, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of Chinese Architects Tap Tibetan Expertise in Award-Winning Niyang River Visitor Center Design Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture in Stone Award 2011 , Beijing , china , Daylighting , eco design , green design , green roof , landscaped roof , local materials , local techniques , minimalist design , Ninyang Visitor Center , standardarchitecture , sustainable design , Tibet , vernacular

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Ford Investigates Coconuts As Replacement for Petroleum in Car Parts

October 7, 2011 by  
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Over the past few years, Ford has increased its use of eco-friendly recycled and bio-based materials in its vehicles, such as soy foam seat cushions , castor oil foam in instrument panels, wheat straw-filled plastic parts, recycled resins for underbody systems, and recycled yarns on seat covers. Now the company is investigating coconut fibers, also known as coir , as a potential replacement for petroleum to reinforce its molded plastic car parts. The new plastic could be used for door and seat trim, plastic storage bins, and cup holders, and reduce Ford’s carbon footprint as well as make its cars more recyclable . Read the rest of Ford Investigates Coconuts As Replacement for Petroleum in Car Parts Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative transportation , carbon footprint , eco-friendly car manufacturing , eco-friendly car parts , Ford coconut plastic , Ford coir car parts , Ford recyclable cars , Ford Scotts Miracle-Gro , green automotive design , green transportation , recyclable car parts , sustainable manufacturing

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China’s Last Great River Dammed – Four More Planned For Tibet

January 18, 2011 by  
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photo: Boqiang Liao / Creative Commons We reported on the beginnings of this over two years ago : Finished last November 12th but just now being made public, the Zangmu Hydropower Station on the Yarlung Zangbo (known farther down its course in India and Bangladesh as the Brahmap… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Wikileaks: Dalai Lama Says Tibet’s Environmental Problems Cannot Wait, But Political Solution Can

December 17, 2010 by  
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photo: Helene / Creative Commons In the latest environmentally-themed release from Wikileaks , published by The Guardian but not yet on the Wikileaks Cable Viewer at the time of this writing, it’s been revealed that the Dalai Lama told the US ambassador to India that the focus of the international community … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Planet 100 Presents: Examining Environmental Toxins (Video News)

December 17, 2010 by  
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