Nepal plans to move its base camp at Mount Everest, the most popular gateway to the world’s tallest mountain, after a combination of global cli

Iconic Mount Everest Base Camp Is Moving Due to Climate Change

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2022-06-22 03:00:04

Nepal plans to move its base camp at Mount Everest, the most popular gateway to the world’s tallest mountain, after a combination of global climate change and local erosion from climbers—who excrete some 4,000 liters of pee at the camp every day in peak season—is making conditions there unsafe, reports the BBC .

Human-driven climate change, which is caused by the consumption of fossil fuels, has accelerated the melting of Khumbu glacier near the location of Nepal’s Everest base camp at 5,364 meters of elevation. The camp is also buckling under the pressures of the roughly 1,500 people that visit during its busiest periods. For decades, a bustling tent city has popped up in that location every year as climbers prepare to summit Everest. In addition to the voluminous urine left at the camp, runoff from kerosene and other waste products are weathering Khumbu glacier, reports Euronews .

The glacier is losing roughly 9.5 million cubic meters every year, a rapid decline that is opening up new crevasses on a daily basis at the busy camp, according to reports from tourists. For the protection of both the natural landscape and the human visitors, Nepalese officials plan to relocate the camp to an ice-free area a few hundred meters below the current site. 

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