Reply To: Global warming is well underway

Martin W
A NEW picture of Mount Everest have revealed what appears to be the devastating effects of climate change on one of the world’s most ecologically sensitive and important regions.
The image, taken last month, portrays a dramatically different landscape to shots taken in the 1960s.

In a picture taken in 1968, the Middle Rongbuk glacier skirts through the mountain valley with the peaks above thickly covered with snow.

But almost exactly the same shot taken this year by a Greenpeace team reveals much barer peaks and a scarcely visible glacier.

And the environmental pressure group is in no doubt that the radical changes to the area are due to the effects of climate change.

“The degradation of the Everest environment and glacial retreat is, Greenpeace believes, a direct result of climate change,” a spokeswoman said.

The Greenpeace team found that the glaciers of the Yellow River source have shrunk by 17 per cent in the past 30 years and warns that this trend could leave the region without glaciers by the end of the century.

Mt Everest climate devastation