Watching changes at the top of the world, looking to security


Mount Everest (Credit: ilkerender, via flickr)

Melting ice caps and dramatic climate change usually bring to mind images of Greenland and Antarctica, but there’s another significant melt underway in a place that bears far greater consequences for humans in the near-term: the Himalayas.

On Friday, a trio of Indian environmental experts published an op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor pointing to the role that black carbon plays in the region’s environmental changes.  Black carbon, spewed from the diesel tailpipes and coal-fired power plants that characterize the region, stays in the atmosphere for only a matter of weeks and is responsible for as much as half of the warming in the region. … Continue Reading