Kathmandu to Copenhagen…climate change in South Asia

For anyone who has been to the Himalaya over the years, you can't help but notice that things are, well, warming up. In the nearly 20 years since my first visit to Nepal, I've seen evidence of glacial recession in the high mountain valleys, and it has been the subject of much study in recent years. (See The American Alpine Club's press release about Climbatology, featuring the work of Alton Byers from The Mountain Institute.)

I recently was sent an article about climate change and glacial recession in the Himalaya…and it was pretty frightening, underscoring what I have already seen, heard, and read. As just one example, take a look at the photo below showing the growth of the Imja Lake below the popular Imjatse, or Island Peak, near Mount Everest:

Imja_lake

And, check out this YouTube video for some idea of the size and scope of the water crises in South Asia:

But, on a hopeful note, the Nepali government, in cooperation with several INGO's, has initiated the "Kathmandu to Copenhagen" Conference to begin addressing the unique threats of global warming to the populations of South Asia.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that some good action – not just words – can come from this conference.

Jake Norton is an Everest climber, guide, photographer, writer, and motivational speaker from Colorado.

  1. DSD
    DSDSeptember 2,09

    Hi Jake,
    Just a quick catchup.
    Have you seen the latest posts on Layton Kor?
    I have one up also.
    DSD

  2. Jake Norton
    Jake NortonSeptember 3,09

    Hi DSD,

    Thanks for your note…I had heard, initially from Stewart Green’s blog, and then yours and others, and just posted on it as well. Thanks for the heads up!!

    Jake

  3. Stock Photographer
    Stock PhotographerJanuary 20,10

    Its have a wonderful things..

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