The EmeraldPlanet program for March 14th will provide valuable insights to our world-wide viewers on how the ancient nation of Nepal, which sits at "The Roof of the World" is the proverbial "canary in the coal mine" on severe climate change. The best kept secret in international relations is that of Nepal--a country of 28 million people embedded between India and China in the Himalayan mountains. It is one of the most strategic and geo-politically important countries on earth. One of five people on planet earth depends on the rivers that originate in Nepal and its Himalayan neighbors of Bhutan and Tibet for their primary water.If you don't live in Fairfax County, or simply prefer to watch the show online, you can follow this link. The stream will go live once the show starts at 6:30 tonight. In addition to being able to watch the show there, there is also a chatroom feature which will allow you to communicate with the crew and potentially even leave questions for the host. Plus, I'm often the person who monitors the chatroom so you could always send along messages there that you'd like me to see.
The Ganges, the Brahmaputra, and many other rivers of Asia originate in the mountains of Nepal, water its foothills, and flow through its semitropical plains while quenching the thirsts of one and one-half billion people. Key to this water system for a large swath of the human family for thousands of years are the great mountain glaciers. Nepal's glaciers are comparable to the American Great Lakes as reservoirs of fresh water.
These glaciers and the supported natural and man-made systems are in trouble. These are melting at a rate and volume which threatens a stable future by repeating cycles of flood and drought while politicians and scientists in the West dither over the pace of change. The people of Nepal are awaking to vast lakes that were not there the month before which may then violently burst the river banks in the next. Such drastic change disrupts the seasonal monsoon rains and the other climate and water changes that threaten safety, health, food supply, livelihoods, and civil peace of one-fourth of humankind.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Tonight's Inside Scoop Will Feature the Ambassador from Nepall, Shankar P. Sharma
As I am almost every Sunday (and some Mondays as well), I will be in the studio for tonight's Inside Scoop. On tonight's show, which airs on Channel 10 in Fairfax starting at 6:30, Dr. Sam Hancock will be having a discussion with "H.E. Shankar P. Sharma, Ambassador, Embassy of Nepall: and Larry J. Silverman, Esq., an Environmental Attorney. Here's part of the show's discription that Dr. Sam sent out earlier today.
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