The Himalayas. The worlds greatest mountain range. The pinnacle of the world has seen its share of changes. But none has the potential to effect the Himalayas more than climate change.

Glaciers have begun melting already and if the world continues to heat up we can continue seeing changes. The increase in extreme weather event in Nepal may also have an adverse economic effect on Nepal. Nepal has a large stake in their tourism trade, and to see one of their most precious commodities literally melt away is quite devastating to their economy. Secondly¬†glaciers serve as the source of water for 500mil. people in S. Asia and 250mil. people in China. To lose such a trade would be equally if not more devastating to both Nepal and the surrounding countries as tourism. Needless to say, If Nepal, and those invested in the Himalayas, don’t act soon they will have a very big problem on their hands.

-Dave Swanson

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3 responses »

  1. Johanna Bystedt says:

    This isn’t really just a problem for the people of Nepal, it definitely is something that the entire population of the earth has created, and the fact that we are not directly effected by the change in the Himalayas doesn’t mean we should do something about it. It is a shame that such amazing places on this world are practically going to shit because of human greediness and carelessness. I had absolutely no idea this was going on, and the severity of the effect that might be caused by it. It really is hard to believe that some people are skeptics regarding climate change when so much is happening around us, its like a slap in the face. I had always wanted to go see a glacier and its a damn shame that by the time I have the chance to, there may not be anything left to see, 2035 isn’t that far away when you think of how old the planet is, and how long the glacier have been around, only to disappear in a very short time comparatively.

  2. Kasia Dybek says:

    All three articles and the blog entry are very interesting. Not only they show the problem, but also how closely it relates between different aspects, such as tourism, environment and economics. It is a global problem, as well as an alarming issue for the nations living in the area, especially the Nepali and Tibetan people. It is terrifying that the scientists, based on the research, set a controversial, yet realistic deadline for a year of 2035. The whole situation prompts us to think and act quickly. The consequences of the melting glaciers have been severe, from an economic issue for such poor country as Nepal, where tourism is one of the biggest branches attracting the investors, and environmental discussion on lack of water, which affects the whole world. I think it is crucial to start thinking globally and seeing the big pictures. Quoting Bill Hewitt, the author of the article ‘The Melting Himalayas’:

    ‘I was a little surprised by how relatively uninformed and pessimistic their blockbuster panel of Asia experts was about the state of American climate change politics, not to mention their view of the media and the business community.’.

    Education and awareness is the key for changes and responsible use of resources, also in a case of melting glaciers.

  3. Ben Anderson says:

    Wow I never even took into consideration the amount of water that will be lost in asia due to the climate change. Thats horrible and the thought alone I hope is enough to prompt immediate problem solving.

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