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Global warming posing grave threat to Himalayas

Global warming caused by greenhouse emissions has posed a grave threat to Nepal's mountains, said experts..

Speaking at an interaction ‘Challenges to mountain tourism' they stressed on timely interventions to minimise the impact of climate change on the mountains. .

Former president of Nepal Mountaineering Association Ang Chhiring Sherpa said increasing temperature had caused rampant melting of snow and mountains were in the gradual process of turning into rocky hills. “This situation is dangerous for the entire mountain ecosystem. Mountain tourism is certain to be severely hit by this. Some settlements in the mountainous region are facing acute water crisis,” said Sherpa..

After the 2015 earthquakes, natural water sources in high areas have dried up. It is the immediate need of the hour to come up with short- and long-term interventions, added Sherpa..

According to International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, temperature in the mountain region is increasing by 0.05 degree Celsius annually. It is estimated that the temperature in the mountainous would increase by 1 degree Celsius to 2 degree Celsius by 2030..

Experts said temperature in the mountain region had increased as mountains get direct sunlight and heat after sun rise as well as experience heat during night..

No study has been carried out so far regarding the impact of climate change on mountain tourism..

Border expert Buddhi Narayan Shrestha said rapid industrialisation in India and China had caused adverse environmental impact on mountains in Nepal..

Former vice-chairperson of Nepal Management Association, Shambhu Rana, said the programme was organised to discuss challenges to mountain tourism due to climate change and the ways to address them. 

Source: Agencies

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