2009年12月09日

When the Ice melts

Deep in the Himalayas, the disappearance of glaciers is threatening the kingdom of Bhutan.

Anjail Neyar trekked through the mountains to see how the country is adapting to a warming world.



Kaka Tshering loops a piece of frayed jute rope around a 150-kilogram boulder.

A handful of his fellow workers line up on either end and pull the rope taught.

"Shochi, Shoni," the workers call in unison, as they heave.

Their voices are raspy from the 4,400-metre altitude and moist, cold air.

"Put your strength together."

After rocking a couple of times, the boukder rolls over and the labourers tumble backwords.

Their cries are drowned out by the furious work around them as more than 300 men and shovels to reach their daily quota.


The work force is a cross-section of life in Bhutan.

There are number of young dropouts from the capital Thimphu, with greasy, shoulder-length hair and tattoos running up thetr forearms.

Retired soldiers from the Royal Bhutan Aemy labour alongside former students of Buddhism.

There are a handful of women in their traditional tartan-style robes, beaded necklaces and antique silver and turquoise brooches.


Together in matching hard hats and leaky rubber boots, they make up Bhutan's army ageinst the sffects of climate change.

Their task is to deepen and widen the outlet channel from lakes fromed by the rapidly melting Thorthormi glacier (pictured above, to the right of the lake).

By helping the water to drain faster, Bhutanese officials hope to prevent a catastrophic flood.


(… to be continue…)


### DataBace ###
nature Vol.461 1019-1162 Issue no.7267 22 Octover 2009
Editorials p.1027 :"Climate of compromise"
Destination Copenhagen :「コペンハーゲン会議の行方
News p.1034 / Time running out for climate for climate talks
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