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Himalayan glaciers granted status of 'living entities'

Dehradun - An Indian court has recognised Himalayan glaciers, lakes and forests as "legal persons" in an effort to curb environmental destruction, weeks after it granted similar status to the country's two most sacred rivers.

Five fascinating facts that you may not know about the red panda

Scampering around in the trees from Nepal to northern Myanmar is an animal that is so cute, it looks like a creature from a child's dream. Perhaps it is, but it's also actually real. Red pandas can also be found in the mountains of southwestern China.

The chilling secret of one of the Himalaya's glacial lakes

High up in the Himalayan mountains of the Uttarakhand state of India, lies a small glacial lake called Roopkund. At an altitude of 16,499 feet, it is frozen over most of the year. But when the ice melts occasionally, Roopkund gives up its grisly secret.

The Yeti is probably a Himalayan bear

Beware of the Yeti. Talk of a mysterious creature wandering the regions of the Himalayas is a subject of sightings and it is an entrenched part of local folklore. A science team think they have an explanation.

Nepal calls off search for survivors of deadly snowstorm

Pokhara - Nepal on Wednesday called off a search for any more survivors of a Himalayan snowstorm that claimed some 43 lives, after more than a week of scouring the popular trekking region.

Nepal rescuers find 34 more trekkers, 12 bodies after snowstorm

Kathmandu - Nepalese teams Sunday rescued 34 more trekkers and guides stranded in the Himalayas since a snowstorm struck five days ago at the height of the hiking season but also found 12 more bodies, officials said.

Storm toll jumps to 43 in Nepal's worst trekking disaster

Kathmandu - The death toll from a devastating snowstorm in Nepal's Himalayas climbed to 43 on Saturday, in the worst trekking disaster ever to hit the mountainous country.

Nepal vows warning system after deadly Himalayan snowstorm

Kathmandu - Nepal's prime minister has pledged to set up a weather warning system after a major Himalayan snowstorm killed 32 people at the height of the trekking season, 17 of them tourists.

Rescuers hunt scores of trekkers missing after deadly Nepal storm

Kathmandu - Rescuers in Nepal battled waist-deep snow as they searched a remote mountainous area popular with trekkers for dozens of people still missing on Thursday, two days after a major snowstorm that triggered avalanches and killed more than 30 people.

Himalayan snowstorm kills nine in Nepal

Kathmandu - Five more foreign trekkers have been killed in Nepal's Himalayas, taking the death toll from a snowstorm and avalanche to nine, including eight foreigners and one local, officials said Wednesday.

Indian scientists may have found 'wonder herb' in Himalayas

Indian scientists may have found a multi-functional "wonder herb" that can regulate the immunity system, adapt to challenging environmental situations and help people stay protected from radiation.

Extreme cyclist completes 530 kms in Himalayas in under 39 hours

Austrian extreme cyclist Jacob Zurl cycled over 530 kilometers (330 miles) of the Himalayas in just 38 hours and 40 minutes, the fastest-ever time. His team has officially applied to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Himalayan religious pilgrimages hit by rains, landslides

As rains continued to lash the north Indian Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in the past month, landslides and rivers in spate have blocked pilgrim access to many Himalayan temples.

India building world's highest railway bridge

The Indian railways is constructing the world's highest railway bridge, expected to be 359 meters (1,177 feet) upon completion. The current record-holder spans the Beipanjiang River in China, and is 275 meters high.

Over 100,000 pilgrims travel to Amarnath Himalayan Shrine

Srinagar - Over 100,000 pilgrims have so far made the journey to the Himalayan shrine of Amarnath, located in the North Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Indian government taking precautions for Himalayan pilgrimages

Dehra Dun - The newly-elected Indian government has highlighted the safe conduct of the annual Chardham pilgrimage in the Himalayan mountains as an important priority.

Rebuilding of Kedarnath shrine in Himalayas to begin soon

The Kedarnath temple and nearby areas in the Indian Himalayas, which suffered extensive flood damage last year, will be undergoing reconstruction soon.

Video: Paraglider collides with vultures mid-air over Himalayas

A Russian adventurer on a maiden paragliding trip over the east Himalayan Mountains came very close to filming his own demise when he collided with two vultures in mid-air. The frightening encounter was filmed by the paraglider's helmet-cam.

Caterpillar mushroom under climate threat Special

Of late, all is not well with the world’s most wanted caterpillars: the Cordyceps mushrooms, grown exclusively in the Himalayan region.

Dealing With Drought: Nepal Village Shows The Way Special

Kathmandu - I was traveling to Teenpiple, a village in Panchkhal, valley of Nepal, and it takes a good two-and-a-half hours to get there from the capital city of Kathmandu.

Flowers offer clues to biodiversity

Researchers in the UK have demonstrated nature’s talent for cross-breeding plants to create new flowers. These findings may help explain the rich biodiversity of the natural world.

UN estimates on mountain ice based on student's dissertation

The United Nations climate panel that had recently claimed that ice was disappearing from the Himalayas, based its assumptions on a student's dissertation.

UN climate panel retracts claim of melting Himalayas glaciers

Millions of dollars were granted to support the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) erroneous claims, one that stated that the Himalayan Glaciers would melt by 2035.

Nepal less tolerant towards Tibetan refugees

Escaping China has never been easy for Tibetan, Uyghur or other refugees who must cross high glaciers to do so, but the fact that Nepal's present government includes pro-Chinese, Maoist elements makes it worse.

Tigers Disappear From Himalayan Refuge

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is alarmed by the dramatic decline of at least 30 percent in the Bengal tiger population of Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve in Nepal.

Global Warming Could Melt the Himalayas by 2030

Global warming could melt most Himalayan glaciers and cause severe hunger in Africa by the 2030s, according to the U.N.

Himalayan Kingdom Bhutan Opens To Individual Tourists

THIMPHU - The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, after being closed to the outside world for centuries, is cautiously opening up to individual tourists. Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom squeezed between China and India, opened its door to tour groups in 1974, r...

Himalaya Expedition To Recover Wreckage Of Legendary Plane

GENEVA (dpa) - Ten fearless men and women are planning to go to the Himalayas at the end of September in order to recover a legend, one which makes the hearts of all mountain climbers and recreational pilots beat faster. The wreckage of the famous "...
 

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Taking measurements in the Mera Glacier region of the Dudh Kosi basin  Nepal.
Taking measurements in the Mera Glacier region of the Dudh Kosi basin, Nepal.
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Himalayan Shweta Glacier to Kalindi Base Uttarakhand India in 2014.
Himalayan Shweta Glacier to Kalindi Base Uttarakhand India in 2014.
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It s a five day trek to reach Roopkund Lake  high in the Himalayas.
It's a five day trek to reach Roopkund Lake, high in the Himalayas.
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The Mera Glacier region in the Dudh Kosi basin  Nepal. One of the areas studied by the research team...
The Mera Glacier region in the Dudh Kosi basin, Nepal. One of the areas studied by the research team.
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Human Skeletons in Roopkund Lake.
Human Skeletons in Roopkund Lake.
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For about one month in the year  Roopkund Lake s ice melts away  revealing the mystery beneath its w...
For about one month in the year, Roopkund Lake's ice melts away, revealing the mystery beneath its warers.
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the Himalayas shot from above 20,000 ft.
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Thanks to the community initiative to dig a pond  this year  villagers in Teenpiple  Nepal have rece...
Thanks to the community initiative to dig a pond, this year, villagers in Teenpiple, Nepal have received a good harvest of corn
This is a map of the Ganges (yellow)  Brahmaputra (violet)  and Meghna (green) drainage basins.
This is a map of the Ganges (yellow), Brahmaputra (violet), and Meghna (green) drainage basins.
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