The new Tibetan challenge

October 20, 2015

 

Wild donkeys rest near a lake on the grasslands in Hoh Xil, in the northwestern part of the Tibetan plateau, May 14, 2011. REUTERS/Rooney Chen

Wild donkeys rest near a lake on the grasslands in Hoh Xil, in the northwestern part of the Tibetan plateau, May 14, 2011. REUTERS/Rooney Chen

Add this to the list of things that are currently threatening Tibet: climate change.

At least that’s according to the Dalai Lama, who said this week that two-thirds of the region’s mountainous glaciers may disappear in the next 35 years, due to global warming. To put this in perspective, the Tibetan Plateau is home to Earth’s third-largest ice store, after the North and South Pole.

So build an ark – and read on for more news you might have missed:

 

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Big, Quiet Ben

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In the meantime…

If you’re in London and have literally no other way to tell time, you could buy one of these Indonesian watches made from discarded wood.

 

The family that weighs together, stays together?

A new Johns Hopkins University study finds a link between spousal obesity and weight gain.

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