30 May '12, 4pm

Global Warming and Tourism are Turning Mt. Everest into a Death Trap

Global Warming and Tourism are Turning Mt. Everest into a Death Trap

viahar24h.com via Flickr /CC BY 2.0 Four climbers recently tumbled to their deaths while attempting to scale the world's highest peak. And this time, the culprit wasn't just Mt. Everest's challenging terrain—it was a "traffic jam" made up of over 150 tourists and mountaineers. The path was so clogged that climbers struggled to maneuver, and the ensuing tangle resulted in death. So, Everest has become a craggy adult amusement park for the intrepid wealthy. This is hardly news, though the staggering extent to which that's true, shown in this bizarre photo , could be. Just look at that line—it's like the entrance to a Jimmy Buffet concert was moved to the Himalayas. Meanwhile, climate change is melting the mountain. There's less snow pack, which keeps stray rocks from falling on climbers' heads, and huge fissures are spreading in massive ice blocks. With a mountain packed wit...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/climate-change/global-warming-a...

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