The Everest climbers have expressed their wonder on stepping the rocky surfaces of the bare mountain peaks which used to be covered with snow during their earlier visits.
What may be the reasons behind the eroding snow-capped mountains?
There are reports that the snow peaks of the Everest and Lhotse regions are melting rapidly uncovering the bare rocky surfaces.
The visible reasons are:
Unplanned and irresponsible tourist and expedition activities that encourage over-exploitation of the natural resources
Rapid population growth
Haphazard Industrial and technical activities conducted without proper studies on environmental feasibility
Another reason may be the Global Warming. As the studies in the Arctic region shows, even the area of the frozen subsoil called the permafrost has been decreasing because of the doubling of the surface temperatures compared witf the global average. Similarly, there are also reports of rapid melting process of the polar ice and glaciers. Hence, by analogy, it’s no wonder that one of the world’s poorest regions – the Himalayas – too faces the impact of insatiable consumption of natural resources by the first world.
Some of the indicators and visible negative effects of the temperature rise in the region are:
Change in climate pattern causing sudden floods or droughts
Reports of mosquito-borne diseases from the erstwhile mosquito-free regions, new forms of plant and animal diseases
Inundation of the low lands in Nepal, India, Bangladesh and the Maldives
Extinction of wild-life including snakes and frogs, water animals, birds like vultures, and plants with impact on the whole ecosystem.
Unless the conscientious people of the first world who consume more than two-thirds of the world’s natural resources change their lifestyle and put intense pressure on their governments to implement environment-friendly policies, the imitative third world industrialization would only contribute toward multi-system-failure of the planet earth.