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2010-07-17 06:15:00

New photos taken from the same spot that British climber George Mallory captured on camera in 1921 show significant ice loss. The Asia Society (AS) arranged for the pictures to be taken. "The photographs reveal a startling truth: the ice of the Himalaya is disappearing," according to an AS statement. "They reveal an alarming loss in ice mass over an 89-year period." The photos taken by Mallory reveal a powerful, white, S-shaped sweep of ice on the mountain. Mountaineer David Breashears took...

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2010-06-11 06:25:02

A study released Thursday reports that about 60 million people living throughout the Himalayas would suffer food shortages in the coming decades as glaciers shrink and the water sources for crops dry up. However, Dutch scientists said the impact would be much less than previously estimated a few years ago by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  The UN report in 2007 warned that hundreds of millions of people were at risk from disappearing glaciers. Scientists said...

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2010-01-14 10:37:15

Climate scientists offer revised view of what influences water source for billions of people Harvard climate scientists suggest that the Tibetan Plateau"”thought to be the primary source of heat that drives the South Asian monsoon"”may have far less of an effect than the Himalayas and other surrounding mountains. As the monsoon brings needed rainfall and water to billions of people each year, understanding its proper origin, especially in the context of global climate change, is...

2009-12-14 16:19:00

GREENBELT, Md., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A NASA-led study has found new evidence that a "heat pump" effect, driven by emissions of soot, or black carbon, contributes as much (or more) to atmospheric warming in the Himalayas as greenhouse gases. This warming fuels the melting of glaciers and could threaten fresh water resources in a region that is home to more than a billion people. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Tiny, dark-colored aerosols --...

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2009-12-07 06:35:00

A billion people rely on Himalayan glaciers for water, but some experts say that they are melting swiftly, which might eventually cause droughts to plague parts of Asia. Glaciers in the Himalayas, close to areas like Pakistan, India, China, Nepal and Bhutan, provide water for Asia's nine biggest rivers, necessities for the 1.3 billion people who live around them. Temperatures in the area have risen between 0.27 and 1.08 degrees every decade for the last 30 years, significantly speeding up the...

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2009-10-19 13:25:00

A Chinese official said Monday that scientists have begun operating an earthquake monitoring station at the foot of Mount Everest in an effort to learn more about the world's highest peak, The Associated Press reported. Shang Rongbo, a deputy director with the regional seismology bureau, said the station, which began operating over the weekend, is located at about 14,000 feet in Tibet's Tingri County. The station will support real-time collection of data about seismic events along the...

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2009-10-13 10:30:00

Increasing winter temperatures are causing the Himalayan glaciers in Kashmir to melt at an "alarming" rate, harming water supplies to areas of India and Pakistan, says a new study. The Kolahoi glacier, the biggest in the province, has melted by one square mile in the last three decades, said the research offered at an international workshop on climate change in Srinagar. Himalayan glaciers connect to Asia's nine biggest rivers that pour into China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and...

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2009-09-11 15:22:07

An international team of researchers has created the most complete seismic image of the Earth's crust and upper mantle beneath the rugged Himalaya Mountains, in the process discovering some unusual geologic features that may explain how the region has evolved. Their findings, published this week in the journal Science, help explain the formation of the world's largest mountain range, which is still growing. The researchers discovered that as the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates collide,...

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2009-08-31 07:50:00

In the small village of Dengboche at the foot of Nepal's Himalayas, residents have watched for years as a glacier-fed lake has continued to grow, an undeniable sign that the glacier is gradually melting. According to an AFP report, elderly residents who have spent their entire lives in the village attest to the fact that the lake simply did not exist at all a mere 50 years ago. The Imja Glacier, which looms ominously above Dengboche, has been retreating at a rate of roughly 230 feet per year...

2009-08-28 12:15:30

The effects of climate change on Nepal will mean more suffering for millions of people living in extreme poverty, an international aid agency said. Nepal already is experiencing poor harvests and water shortages in rural areas, an Oxfam report said. Millions of people are dependent on water flowing from the mountains and some streams have dried to a trickle, the report said. The report was released Thursday in advance of a December summit in Copenhagen on the threat of climate change in the...


Latest Himalayas Reference Libraries

Sir Edmund Percival Hillary
2014-01-06 11:03:49

Sir Edmund Percival Hillary was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist. Hillary was born to Percival Augustus Hillary and Gertrude Hillary in Auckland, Dominion of New Zealand on July 20th of 1919. In 1920 his family moved to Tuakau, after his father was given land there. His grandparents were early settlers in the northern part of Wairoa in the middle of the 19th century after emigrating from Yorkshire, England. On May 29th of 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer...

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2008-05-05 23:33:38

The Yellow-throated Marten or Himalayan Marten (Martes flavigula), is a species of marten found in Asia. It ranges through the temperate mountainous forests of the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, and East Asia, including the Russian Far East and the Korean Peninsula. It is generally solitary. It is distinguished from the Stone Marten by its large size and long limbs and tail; its tail makes up nearly half of the total body length. An adult may weigh as much as 7.5 pounds, and may be more than...

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