Evening Times

High-level meeting

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NEPAL: TOP politician­s strapped on oxygen tanks and held a cabinet meeting in the frigid, thin air of Mount Everest to highlight the dangers of glob a l warming ahead of next week’s internatio­nal climate change talks.

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and 22 cabinet ministers met at an altitude of 17,192ft next to Everest base camp.

The Himalayang la-ciers are melting at an alarming rate, creating lakes with walls that could burst and flood villages below. Melting ice and snow also make the routes for mountainee­rs less stable and more difficult to follow.

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