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Borneo mountain hotbed of young biodiversity

On the tip of Borneo stands the World Heritage-listed Mount Kinabalu, which like other tropical mountains is known to be a hotbed of biodiversity.

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Sustainable soil management key to curbing climate change and ensuring food security – UN agency

23 June 2015 – Mountain soils are of great importance to ecosystem and food security, according to a newly released United Nations-backed publication, which also highlights technical insights and human activities of a sustainable soil management approach with special attention to mountain peoples.

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Mountain gorillas stuck in genetic bottleneck

Full genome reveals surprising level of inbreeding and could aid conservation efforts.

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New Atlas Shows Africa's Mountains Underpin the Continent's Development

The Atlas contains detailed mapping of how strategic interventions and innovations are improving the food security and livelihoods of mountain communities in different parts of Africa.

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In Kenya’s Mountain Forests, A New Path to Conservation

Kenya’s high-elevation forests are the source for most of the water on which the drought-plagued nation depends. Now, after decades of government-abetted abuse of these regions, a new conservation strategy of working with local communities is showing signs of success.

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A New “Republic” to Save Chile’s Glaciers

SANTIAGO, Feb 4 2015 (IPS) - Chile’s more than 3,000 glaciers are one of the largest reserves of freshwater in South America. But they are under constant threat by the mining industry and major infrastructure projects, environmentalists and experts warn.

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Encroachment of forests will ruin Western Ghats

The Western Ghat is called “a treasure trove of biodiversity” and “the water tower of Peninsular India”. It is one of the global ‘hotspots’ of biodiversity.

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Droughts threaten high-altitude Himalayan forests

Timberlines in the region are shifting downslope, bucking trend seen on other mountain ranges.

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In the Shadow of Glacial Lakes, Pakistan’s Mountain Communities Look to Climate Adaptation

BINDO GOL, Pakistan, Jan 15 2015 (IPS) - Khaliq-ul-Zaman, a farmer from the remote Bindo Gol valley in northern Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has long lived under the shadow of disaster.

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Nepal raises mountain issue at Peru meet

KATHMANDU, DEC 12 - Nepal has called on global leaders to provide urgent and greater investments in the vulnerable communities in the mountains.

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Tanzania: Environmentalists Craft Strategic Actions to Promote African Mountain Regions

ENVIRONMENTAL experts have identified strategic actions to address key issues of conservation and development challenges of biodiversity, water, energy, food security and climate change in African Mountain regions.

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East Africa: Forum to Promote Sustainable Mountain Development Agenda in Africa Established

Arusha — The first Africa Mountains Regional Forum closed Friday at Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge in Arusha, Tanzania, and called upon African states to develop and implement mountain-specific policies and laws and mainstream sustainable mountain development in their national development agenda.

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Great Himalayan National Park Made World Heritage Site

The Western Himalayas are a haven of sorts to numerous rare and threatened species of flora and fauna. The nine year long wait to help protect this haven finally ended a few days ago, when the Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area (GHNPCA) was granted the World Heritage site status by ...

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Risk posed by China mountain removal

China's campaign to bulldoze mountains to create land to build on could cause extensive environmental problems, scientists say.

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Over-farming hits Himalayan wild plants

As global demand for medicinal remedies intensifies, Indian experts say many endemic species of wild medicinal plants from the Himalayas are being over-farmed. Some of the affected plants may never grow back they say.

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China and Nepal agree to cooperate on mountain science

[KATHMANDU] China has agreed to share scientific knowledge with Nepal on the effects of climate and environmental changes on the Tibetan plateau in order to spur sustainable development.

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Mountain Biodiversity of Manipur

Mountains have been described as islands of biodiversity surrounded by an ocean of monocultures and human-altered landscapes.

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Mount Everest litter targeted by Nepalese authorities

Climbers will have to bring down 8kg of extra waste or face legal action as government tackles rubbish mountain in Himalayas

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FAO calls for increased support for mountain family farming

11 December 2013, Rome - Securing land tenure, providing access to resources for mountain family farms, and improving basic infrastructure in mountain regions are among the key solutions to improving the livelihoods and food security of mountain and lowland communities, FAO said today.

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The Himalayas' amazing biodiversity

Kamal Bawa's journey to understand and protect the biodiversity of the towering Himalayas began half a century ago, when he was young and traveling into the fabled mountain range's eastern foothills.

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Things you did not know about `The roof of Africa`

Mount Kilimanjaro got its name from the Swahili words Kilima Njaro meaning “shining mountain”, as revealed on its famous ice cap at the top.

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Sahyadris – Mountains of the Monsoon

The Sahyadris app is an immersive experience, which taps the full potential of the iPad as a story telling medium. It acts as a “showcase” for the Western Ghats, a mountain range found parallel to the western coast of southern India.

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Geography in the News: Endangered Mountain Ecosystem

The continental ice sheets of the Pleistocene Epoch (ca. 2.6 million–11,700 years before present) did not reach what is now the southeastern United States. The colder climate in the higher Appalachians of North America during this period, however, supported plant communities that were quite diff ...

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Alpine glaciers 'protect mountain peaks from erosion'

Instead of wearing mountains down, evidence from Europe's high Alps shows that glaciers shield summits from erosion, acting as a protective lid.

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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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