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Kangshung Glacier

Tibet’s Kangshung Glacier. Source:

Climate sci­en­tists have called Tibet “the world’s third pole” because it con­tains the biggest ice fields out­side of the Arctic and Antarctic. The Tibetan plateau is warm­ing twice as fast as the rest of the world, and the impact of the now-​​melting glac­i­ers is feared to be cat­a­strophic. Parliamentarians from 16 coun­tries wrote to the head of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen that was held this month urg­ing nego­tia­tors to take into account the global impli­ca­tions of cli­mate change in Tibet.


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