22 Jun '12, 4pm

I encourage #ESA2012 folks to read @lizhadly stunner on impacts of Himalayan energy poverty:

I encourage #ESA2012 folks to read @lizhadly stunner on impacts of Himalayan energy poverty:

My group was here to figure out which species of pika occupied which elevations in the Himalaya in order to set a baseline for how these animals will change as the climate warms. These cousins of rabbits cannot tolerate warm temperatures. Just before the ridge top that day we met a striking Tamang girl along the trail who welcomed us to stay at her family’s teahouse overlooking the slopes where the red panda was said to reside. This was one of only two teahouses built on the narrow ridgeline. At each, the family matriarchs were sitting outside in their Tibetan garb, knitting the woolen hats that are so popular among the trekkers who come here. I shared my binoculars and field guide with a young boy in the family who was tan from being outside and ready with his smile. He pointed to the birds he knew in the guide, miming the places in the forest where they lived. I scramble...

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