Mountains : Newsfile

There are 24 documents in this section.


  • Welcome to our Website

    15 August 2013

    Twenty years ago at the first Earth Summit in Rio, a new British charity, Planet 21, launched People and the Planet magazine in an effort to track progress in working towards a fair and sustainable future for humanity on planet earth.

  • Photographs reveal Himalayan melt

    6 October 2011

    After four years research and eight photographic expeditions to the Himalayas, the mountaineer and photographer, David Breashears, has mounted an exhibition at the Royal Geographic Society in London, demonstrating the unprecedented melt of many of the regions glaciers.

  • Global warming cause of glacial melting and glacial floods

    20 December 2010

    People in the Himalayas and other mountain areas must prepare for a tough and unpredictable future due to the rapid melting of glaciers caused by climate change, according to a new UN report.

  • Mountains may act as 'safe haven' for species facing climate change

    11 November 2010

    Swiss researchers studying the projected effects of climate change on alpine plant species have discovered that mountains may represent a ‘safer’ place to live during changing climate conditions.

  • Nepal signs climate pledge at Everest

    4 December 2009

    The Government of Nepal signed a 10-point Everest Declaration, at Mount Everest today. This includes a commitment by the government to help communities cope with the impacts of climate change and to work alongside other countries to mitigate the impact of global warming.

  • Africa's Mountains of the Moon gain global protection

    14 May 2009

    Part of the Rwenzori Mountains, - home to some of the last glaciers in Africa and probably named by Ptolemy as 'Lunae Montes' - have received international recognition as a protected wetland site under the international Ramsar convention. This is seen as a major conservation decision that will help protect the region's vast ecological riches.

  • Himalayan dam boom spells trouble

    10 March 2009

    The governments of India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan are planning to transform the Himalayan rivers into the powerhouse of South Asia by building hundreds of mega-dams to generate electricity. However, the possible impact of climate change will jeopardize the viability of the hydropower projects as well as the safety of the dams, says Ann-Kathrin Schneider, Programme Director and Policy Analyst for International Rivers.

  • Tibet's shrinking glaciers threaten climate chaos

    27 January 2009

    Glaciers stretching across the towering Tibetan-Qinghai plateau sustain all the great rivers of Asia, but as Christina Larsen reports in the Christian Science Monitor, they are shrinking fast and could have largely disappeared by 2100 with disastrous consequnces for the 300 million people who rely upon them.

  • Equatorial African icecaps melting away

    29 May 2006

    Equatorial icecaps in the Rwenzori Mountains of East Africa will disappear within 20 years because of global warming, new research by British and Ugandan scientists projects.

  • First steps to save second Philippine mountain

    23 February 2006

    In January, we published a petition from the people living in the shadow of Mt Mayapay in the Butuan region of the Philippines appealing for action to reforest their mountain before it turned into a fatal mudslide.That was before the collapse last Friday of the Guinsaugon mountain in Southern Leyte, in central Philippines, killing at least 1700 people. Here our correspondent in Butuan, Vincente C. de Jesus, brings the story up to date.