A perspective of the cumulative risks from climate change on Mt. Everest: Findings from the 2019 expedition

Kimberley R. Miner, Paul Andrew Mayewski, Mary Hubbard, Kenny Broad, Heather Clifford, Imogen Napper, Ananta Gajurel, Corey Jaskolski, Wei Li, Mariusz Potocki, John Priscu

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Abstract

In 2019, the National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest expedition success-fully retrieved the greatest diversity of scientific data ever from the mountain. The confluence of geologic, hydrologic, chemical and microbial hazards emergent as climate change increases glacier melt is significant. We review the findings of increased opportunity for landslides, water pollution, human waste contamination and earthquake events. Further monitoring and policy are needed to ensure the safety of residents, future climbers, and trekkers in the Mt. Everest watershed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1928
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2 2021

Keywords

  • Climate change
  • Mt. Everest
  • Pollution
  • Risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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