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A walk in the clouds

Higher and still higher the road to Kodachadri rises through a landscape scorched by an uncharacteristically early onslaught of summer.

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Into the unknown mountains of Cambodia: rare birds, rice wine, and talk of tigers

Ringed with forested mountains forming the borders with Laos and Vietnam, the northeast corner of Cambodia has been an intriguing blank spot among my extensive travels through the country.

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After droughts and flood, project aims to preserve Sinai mountain gardens

Around St. Catherine’s Monastery, encircled by the high South Sinai mountains, lie hundreds of Bedouin gardens nested in the nearby wadis, or valleys. These gardens, which were initially built during the Byzantine period by monks, hermits and settlers from around the Mediterranean, have been the ...

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Mountains Are Only Minor Contributors to Erosion and Climate Regulation

Jan. 7, 2013 — Though churning smokestacks, cud-chewing cows and gasoline-burning vehicles are contributing constantly to greenhouse gas emissions, there are also many processes that do the reverse, pulling molecules like carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

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Himalayan Glaciers Will Shrink by Almost 10 Percent, Even If Temperatures Hold Steady

ScienceDaily (Nov. 15, 2012) — Come rain or shine, or even snow, some glaciers of the Himalayas will continue shrinking for many years to come.

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Biodiversity pressures strain idyllic Alp

A remote and unspoiled area of the Alps is struggling to strike a balance between its livestock and native flora and fauna, as too much of one or the other can throw the ecosystem off kilter.

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Everest Sherpas in glacial lake study warning

The Mount Everest region's Sherpas have said they are angry at the way studies of glaciers and glacial lakes have been conducted in recent years

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Kenya to build 250-mile animal fence

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Kenya has announced it will encircle Mount Kenya, Africa's second-highest peak and a World Heritage site, with an electric fence to keep wildlife from straying.

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UNESCO Protection Crucial – and Controversial

BANGALORE, Jul 31 2012 (IPS) - It took six years for a dedicated team of scientists from the Wildlife Institute of India, wildlife officials from six Indian states and officials from the federal ministry to secure international protection for one of India’s most precious biological reserves.

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Tracking Uganda's mountain gorillas

There are only 800 mountain gorillas left in the wild and half of them live in Uganda's forests. A biologist from Leipzig's Max Planck Institute has learned a lot about them by analyzing their feces.

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Mountain ecosystems get boost from Rio+20

Rio+20 has disappointed most observers. But it has created opportunities for constructive work in a few areas, says Joydeep Gupta, writing on the website The Third Pole.

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Himalayas warming faster, facing severe climate change impact: Study

NEW DELHI: A scientific study published on Wednesday revealed that the Himalayas, one of world's richest biodiversity zones, is warming faster than other parts of the globe.

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Study: Glaciers in western Himalayas bucking global melting trend

(CNN) -- A heavily glaciated region of the Himalayas is bucking the trend of global ice loss and showing small signs of increasing in mass, according to a new study.

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Some Asian glaciers 'putting on mass'

Some glaciers on Asia's Karakoram mountains are defying the global trend and getting thicker, say researchers.

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Exclusive species found at higher altitudes

Researchers have long postulated that animal and vegetation species living in mountainous areas of high altitude are isolated, and thus much more exclusive. A new Spanish-German study substantiates this long-held theory, suggesting that altitude plays a key role in biodiversity.

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Glaciologists to target third pole

With the health of the world’s highest glaciers in dispute, an international team is planning a long-term campaign to measure the vital signs of the ice atop Tibet and its surrounding mountains.

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French Alpine glaciers in retreat

Glaciers in the French Alps have lost a quarter of their area in the past 40 years, according to new research.

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New Research Casts Doubt on Doomsday Water Shortage Predictions

By measuring the isotopes in river water, scientists have determined that mountain glaciers contribute less than thought to downstream water supplies

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A Forbidding Kingdom of Snow Leopards

Thomas McCarthy, director of the snow leopard program for the conservation group Panthera, has spent nearly two decades crisscrossing the absurdly rugged Himalayan plateau to study a magnificent, densely furred, rosette-stenciled cat that may well be the world’s most reliable no-show.

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Alpine glacier retreat pushing Europe closer to water crisis

IPS: Future glacier retreat in the Alps could affect the hydrology of large streams more strongly than previously assumed, a new study shows

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Stable temperatures boost biodiversity in tropical mountains

Durham, NC — We often think of rainforests and coral reefs as hotspots for biodiversity, but mountains are treasure troves for species too —especially in the tropics, scientists say. But what drives montane biodiversity?

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Ambitious project to conserve water in Uluguru mountains gets underway

As a strategy to curbing water shortages, Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania (WCST) has started implementing a four-year project aimed at conserving water sources and rivers in Uluguru Mountains in Morogoro Region.

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Tanzanian President nullifies application to grant Eastern Mountains as World Heritage Site

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (eTN) - Tanzania's President has rejected an application to place some mountains in the Eastern Arc under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage Site.

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Human virus blamed in gorilla deaths

DAVIS, Calif., March 28 (UPI) -- A human virus that causes respiratory disease has been linked to the death of wild mountain gorillas, U.S. and African researchers say.

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Himalayan glaciers not melting because of climate change, report finds

Himalayan glaciers are actually advancing rather than retreating, claims the first major study since a controversial UN report said they would be melted within quarter of a century.

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The snow leopard: ghost of the mountains

Snow leopards face the threats of poaching, habitat loss and diminishing prey. In remotest Mongolia, a research team is keeping tabs on this iconic and elusive species

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Mountain Ranges May Act As 'Safe Haven' for Species Facing Climate Change

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

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Népal : Conférence internationale sur l’Himalaya pour marquer la solidarité des pays de la région

Le ministre indien de l’environnement Jairam Ramesh a participé à une conférence de 3 jours qui se tenait à Kathmandu. Soulignant l’importance de la coopération transfrontalière dans la compréhension et la protection des glaciers de l’Himalaya, il a promis que son pays viendrait en aide à ses pe ...

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Predatory Cats Return to the Harz Mountains

For the past decade, conservationists have been releasing zoo-bred Eurasian lynx in Germany's Harz mountains, with the goal of returning them to their natural habitat.

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Before long, it won't just be Peru's mountains that are high and dry | John Vidal

Peru's high Andes are becoming drier and warmer, prefiguring a change that will in time hit the cities below.

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Wild tigers filmed in Bhutan mountains

BBC crew claims footage is first evidence that jungle-dwelling animals can live and breed at high altitude, offering hope for conservation.

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Don't move mountains

Mountaintop removal comes at too high a cost - for the land, the water and the taxpayers, who end up footing the bill for environmental damage. If the Spruce No. 1 Mine goes forward, it will be one of the largest strip-mining operations in Appalachia and an environmental disgrace. This mountain ...

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Chassé puis réintroduit par l'homme, le bouquetin recolonise les Alpes

Année de la biodiversité Sans l'instauration d'une politique suivie de protection, l'espèce aurait disparu de France.

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Project Saves Mountain Forests for Future Generations

UNDP has successfully finalized a seven-year biodiversity project that saved thousands of hectares of fragile forestland on a mountain range in northeast Tanzania, a region that the Government has nominated for recognition as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific an ...

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