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Mount Everest is Melting

Adele Peters

This Wednesday was the 60th anniversary of the first successful climb of Everest. Since then, a lot has changed: rising temperatures mean glaciers that once were frozen are turning into lakes. It's dangerous for climbers, but an even bigger problem for the billion people who live downstream—there's a threat of flash floods and landslides, and also (ironically) a smaller supply of water in rivers, because glaciers that used to very slowly melt into waterways will eventually be gone.

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  • pandasandip

    everyone should join hands. The public awareness is the only way to avoid this.

    I also agree with Ms Smith, that if we can use public transport in our way to office, we can contribute a lot to avoid future problems.

    • Adele Peters

      The best way everyone can help is just to use a little less energy, since CO2 released on one side of the world ends up affecting people everywhere, including those living by Everest....All kinds of things can help, from driving a little less, to keeping the things we buy longer. In countries where many people still cook on very polluting open fires, one big solution is switching to low-cost "clean cookstoves."

      • Lindsey Smith

        Thanks Adele! I'm taking public transportation all summer to avoid using my car :) I just saw an article on GOOD about "clean cookstoves" recently -- super interesting and sustainable idea.