Monday, December 7, 2009

Melting Glaciers Send Nepalese Cabinet to Everest

The Himalayan glaciers are melting. On Friday, the Nepalese cabinet met at the Mt. Everest base camp to call attention to the problem -- and to demand money from the world's rich countries. Read SPIEGEL ONLINE's Climate Countdown to keep up to date as Copenhagen approaches.

Nepalese Cabinet Holds Meeting at Everest Base Camp

Perhaps one of the bitterest ironies of global warming is that, while rich countries are responsible for the lion's share of greenhouse gas emissions, it is primarily the world's poor countries that will suffer the worst consequences. Low-lying coastlines, particularly on the Indian subcontinent, will flood. Small island nations are at risk of losing valuable land and, as Nepal made clear on Friday, melting glaciers in the Himalayas threaten to cause catastrophic flooding in the short term and dangerous water shortages in the long term.

To read more and view photos of the Cabinet meeting there, go to:,1518,663858,00.html

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