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human waste left by record number of everest climbers \'threatens local drinking water\'

by:Kenwei      2019-09-14
Activists say a record number of climbers climbing Mount Everest this year could pollute drinking water in local communities.
The popularity of the highest mountain in the world has given the Nepalese government a large amount of garbage to be cleaned up, from abandoned tents to human feces.
It is estimated that 700 climbers, guides and porters have climbed the peak of the season, creating a breast X-ray operation for Sherpas who are engaged in government cleaning
Drive this spring.
The tent is now thrown at Camp South Cole, the fourth camp, 8,000 above sea level, the highest camp on Mount Everest, 8,848 above sea level, just below the top of the mountain.
The high winds above sea level scattered tents and rubbish everywhere.
The climbers also left empty oxygen cylinders, food packaging and used ropes.
Activists who Cleared Camp 2 estimated that nearly 8,000 kg of human waste had been left behind since the last season.
Instead of using a temporary toilet, some climbers dig a hole in the snow and let the garbage fall into the land.
The overflowing waste then spread to the camp and even threatened the communities below the mountain.
People living in the base camp drink water with melted snow, but now they are afraid of being polluted.
Dava Steven Sherpa led an independent cleaning
Last month, for the past 12 years, he has been a leader in the clean-up of Mount Everest.
He said: \"The elevation of South Cole, the oxygen content, the dangerous icing and slippery slopes and the bad weather make it difficult to put down large things such as tents.
Tired climbers struggle to breathe and fight nausea, leaving heavy tents instead of trying to put them down.
Mr. Sherpa said the sign on the ice.
Embedded tents that recognize the identity of the adventure company are deliberately torn off so that criminals can escape detection.
\"It took us an hour to dig out a tent from the frozen ice and take it down,\" he said . \".
Since 2008, his adventures alone have reduced garbage by about 20,000 kg.
Mr. Sherpa estimated that South Cole had left 30 tents and 5,000 kg of the rubbish had been left here.
It is impossible to know exactly how much rubbish is scattered on Mount Everest, because it becomes visible only when the snow melts.
John All, professor of environmental science at West Washington University, visited Mount Everest on a research expedition, saying: \"In our expedition to Camp 2, eight of our 10 Sherpas had stomach problems in Camp 2 due to poor water.
For the Nepalese, to regard the mountain as \"sagamata\" or the mother of the world, littering is equivalent to blasphemy.
The climber, Nima Dorma, recently returned from a successful climb and gets angry when she thinks the holy mountain is turning into a dump.
\"Everest is our God and I am very sad to see our God so dirty,\" she said.
How can people throw rubbish in such a sacred place?
\"Garbage is creating dangers for future climbers and has triggered calls for action.
Aung Zhilin, former chairman of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, said: \"When the snow melts, the garbage will surface.
\"When the wind is high, the tent is scraped, and the contents are scattered on the mountain, which makes the climbers who have already sailed in the slippery, more dangerous, steep slopes in the snow and in the Big Wind.
Andogi, who is in charge of the Independent Commission for pollution control at Everest, asked the Nepalese government --
This year, the overall supervision of Mount Everest was reviewed as climbers lined up for the climb --
Some rules should be made.
\"The problem is that there are no regulations on how to deal with human waste.
\"Some climbers use biodegradable bags with enzymes that break down human waste, but most do not,\" he said . \".
These bags are expensive and must be imported from the United States.
The associations say the government should authorize the use of biodegradable bags.
This would save Mr. Doji and his team from the unpleasant task of collecting waste and bringing it to a dangerous slope.
The government is working on a plan to scan and mark the equipment and equipment of climbers.
All climbers must deposit £ 3,100 before climbing and may not be able to get the money back if they don\'t have the item back.
Additional reports from The Associated Press.
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