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When the Himalayan Glaciers Recede

Jul 21 2012 (IPS) - Every morning, as Gian Pietro Verza walks up the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier in this Himalayan country’s north-east to take measurements, the wind makes colourful prayer flags flutter noisily. That same wind carries soot particles that are causing the snow on the mountains to melt faster.

Photos by Bikram Rai/Nepali Times for IPS Asia-Pacific’s ‘Climate Change: A Reporting Lens from Asia’ series

Read also: ‘Dirty Snow’ Hastens Glacial Melt in Himalayas

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