Mountain Plants Disappear as Climate Warms

Mountain Plants Disappear as Climate Warms

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A new study says that a warming climate is having a more profound effect on the world's mountain
vegetation than previously believed and that some alpine meadows could vanish altogether within a
few decades.

 

Photo (c) Giovanni / Flickr

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Climate Summit for a Living Himalaya

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Climate change poses severe threats to Himalayan nations. With 24 of its 2674 glacial lakes considered unstable, the Kingdom of Bhutan alone is preparing for an increase in "mountain tsunamis", as the phenomenon is often referred to. The one occurred in 1994 caused dozens of people dead. Further to the...

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Establishment of Altai Trans-boundary Reserve

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On 15 September 2011, Ministers of the Russian Federation and Republic of Kazakhstan officially signed an intergovernmental agreement regarding the establishment of the Trans-boundary Reserve “Altai” on the basis of Katunskiy Biosphere Reserve in Russia and Katon-Karagaiskiy National Park in Kazakhstan. The signed agreement is based on the six-years of...

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Juniper bush - disappearance in the Himalayas discovered by Mountain Institute expedition

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During a recent expedition to Imja Lake, Nepal, in the Himalayas, scientists of the Mountain Institute (TMI) discovered evidence that Jupiter bushes are disappearing. This phenomenon is a “disaster in making”, which will cause extreme problems to Himalayan ecosystems. The high terrain surrounding the lake, near the hill behind the...

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UNESCO conference calls for better protection of biological diversity when mitigating climate change

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On 28 June, some 280 high-level experts from 80 countries attending an international conference in Dresden, Germany approved a declaration claiming for better protection of biological diversity when mitigating climate change. The two-day conference was organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the German Ministry for...

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New book on Biological Diversity in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan countries now released

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A new book titled ‘Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity: A retrospective analysis in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan countries’ by Bharat H. Desai, Krishna Prasad Oli, Yang Yongping, Nakul Chettri and Eklabya Sharma has been released by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). The book’s focus is on...

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