A third of Himalayan ice cap doomed, finds report
Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 5:41 PM
As per Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment, two-thirds of the Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2100 if current rates of global warming and greenhouse gas emissions aren't cut. The Hindu Kush Himalaya region, spread across eight nations, inhabits 240 million people, the report said. Impacts could range from worsened air pollution to increase in extreme weather events, a report editor said.
Himalayan Viagra, costlier than gold, is in danger
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 4:54 PM
Nicknamed 'Himalayan Viagra', an expensive caterpillar fungus, which is more valuable than gold, is becoming harder to find due to climate change, say researchers. A report in the 'Proceedings of the National Academy of Science' journal says Himalayan Viagra is "one of the world's most valuable biological commodities, providing a crucial source of income for hundreds of thousands of collectors."
Guides pressure trekkers into 'unnecessary rescues' in Nepal
Thursday, June 28, 2018, 2:32 PM
Tourists hiking in Nepal's Himalayan mountains are being pressured into costly helicopter evacuations at the first sight of trouble by guides linked to brokers who are making a fortune on "unnecessary-rescues", industry insiders say. Dodgy operators are scamming tens of thousands of dollars from insurance companies by making multiple claims for a single chopper ride or pushing trekkers to accept airlifts for minor illnesses.