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Global warming ravaging Mount Everest

July 07, 2007
LONDON: Global warming is radically changing the face of Mount Everest, the sons of the men who first reached its summit 54 years ago said in an interview published Friday.The sons of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay told British newspaper The Independent that their fathers would no longer recognise the world’s highest mountain, saying the base camp is now 40 metres lower than it was 53 years ago. “Climate change is happening. This is a fact,” Hillary’s son Peter said. “Base camp used to sit at 5,320 metres. This year it was at 5,280 metres because the ice is melting from the top and side. Base camp is sinking each year,” said Peter Hillary, who himself has twice reached Everest’s summit. “For Sherpas living on Mount Everest this is something they can see every day but they can’t do anything about it on their own,” he added.The glacier where Hillary and Tenzing made their base camp before ascending the 8,848-metre summit on May 29, 1953 has retreated five kilometres in the past 20 years, The Independent said. Scientists, it said, predict that all glaciers in the Himalayas, which range from half a mile to more than three miles long, could end up as small patches of ice within 50 years if global warming is not checked.
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