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Sierra Daily

Oct 10, 2011

Climate Cam

Piramide 2 esterna presentazione Up and running since September, the world’s highest webcam captures stunning images of Mount Everest—and data for climate researchers. The solar-powered camera, installed by German surveillance firm Mobotix for the multinational Ev-K2-CNR Pyramid Laboratory, is perched on the summit of Nepal’s Kala Patthar (18,618 feet) with an unobstructed view of the western side of Everest. Back at the lab, at a relatively sedate 16,570 feet, images taken at five-minute intervals will be studied in conjunction with meteorological data gathered from Everest. Check out the webcam images here.

Concern for a fast-changing Himalaya also prompted the Asia Society to sponsor a multimedia project called Coal + Ice, which “visually narrates the hidden chain of actions triggered by mankind’s use of coal.” Part of the exhibit, which includes 161 works by more than 30 photographers, focuses on images taken by mountaineer and photographer David Breashears showing how more than 330 vertical feet of Tibet's Rongbuk Glacier have melted since George Mallory documented it in 1921. The exhibit is being shown in Beijing, with plans in the works to bring it to Berlin, Brazil, and New York. More on Breashears' work with the Asia Society can be found here

-- Reed McManus

Image: The solar-powered Ev-K2-CNR Pyramid Laboratory in Nepal’s Sagarmatha National Park

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