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Summit warns of human threats to mountain regions
When delegates met in Kyrgyzstan earlier this month (November 2002) for the Bishkek Mountain Summit - the final global event of the International Year of Mountains ) - they were faced with a new report, showing just how far the planet's mountains are under stress from human activity. ... more

Glacial lakes threaten Himalayan floods
Nearly 50 lakes, high in the Himalayas, could burst their banks sending millions of gallons of deadly floodwaters swirling down valleys, putting at risk tens of thousands of lives scientists are warning. ... more

UN study reveals scale of crisis facing mountain regions
The huge scale of problems facing mountain ecosystems - home to 600 million people and source of water for half the world's population - is revealed in a new study to coincide with the start of the UN Year of the Mountains, 2002. ... more

Mountain voices
The Panos Institute (London) has launched a unique online archive of in-depth interviews communicating the views and experiences of people living in mountain communities around the world. ... more

Kilimanjaro's melting cap
Mount Kilimanjaro has lost one third of its ice fields in the last two decades and the rest of its ice could disappear by 2015, says American scientist, Professor Lonnie Thompson. ... more

Australia's declining alpine regions
In an early warning to the rest of the world, Australia's snowy alpine regions are shrinking and could disappear in 70 years because of global warming, Australian scientists say. ... more

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