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Inside Tibet: Dramatic video of slow-moving landslide in Tibet raises questions about climate change

September 13, 2017

A graphic video depicting a slow-moving landslide, looking like a lava flow, in a nomadic area of eastern Tibet has circulated online leading to questions about climate change and grasslands degradation on the world’s highest and largest plateau. The video shows the top layer of the grasslands sliding downhill in a steady stream, near livestock and nomadic dwellings, as Tibetans look on in distress.

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Temporary halt to mining after protest in eastern Tibet: the rush to invest in Tibet’s lithium

May 9, 2016

A lithium mining project has been called to a temporary halt in eastern Tibet after local people protested. Footage emerged from Tibet last week showing Tibetan women wailing at the sight of dead fish found in a local river, a tributary of the Yangtze [Tibetan: Drichu], as a result of toxic wastes caused by the mining. A line of Chinese police in riot gear could be seen on the videos responding to the protest in Lhagang (Chinese: Tagong) in Kham, where rock lithium is mined – an essential mineral for batteries that power mobile phones and tablets.

An official document dated May 6, two days after local people gathered at the site to protest, stated that the local authorities were calling a halt to the mining because of “environmental problems” and in order to “resolve remaining issues”. ICT has seen a photograph of the document, which had an official stamp, after it was circulated on social media. A full translation into English is provided below.

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New report reveals global significance of Tibet, earth’s Third Pole, and challenges China’s policies


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Tibet Intergroup Hosts Landmark Environmental Event

June 20, 2013

BRUSSELS: The offices of MEPs Satu Hassi (Greens), Thomas Mann (EPP) and Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg (S&D) of the Tibet Intergroup of the European Parliament, the Office of Tibet, Brussels, the International Campaign for Tibet and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) jointly organised a seminar at the European Parliament on the state of Tibet’s environment on 19 June. Mixing politics, human rights and environmental sciences, this hearing was the occasion for all to discover the multiple facets of Tibet’s struggle against the degradation of its land, air and water.

Keynote speaker, Mr Tenzin Norbu, head of the Environment and Development Desk of the Central Tibetan Administration, gave a presentation focused on resource exploitation, nomads and climate change. Introducing the “third pole” concept, he stressed that Tibet is currently the largest reservoir of fresh water in the world due to its glaciers, permafrost and rivers. However, these resources are in danger of disappearing fast due to over-exploitation of minerals and forests on the Tibetan plateau. Combined with climate change, these activities have a strong impact on flood risks and the timing of the monsoon season on which billions in South East Asia depend for agriculture.

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Bold online appeals address persistent lead poisoning in Qinghai water supply

Urgent appeals have been posted online in Qinghai about lead poisoning in the local water-supply due to named mining and smelting operations, following up from a report in the Chinese state media in 2006 confirming that excessive levels of lead in the area had resulted in “panic” among parents. The appeals state that the matter […]

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Tibet’s importance as earth’s third pole raised at COP15 for first time at international climate change forum

For the first time at a major international forum on climate change, Tibetans will be present at the COP15 summit in Copenhagen this week to present new information about the global implications of climate change in Tibet. Tibet, the world’s largest and highest plateau, is the ‘world’s third pole’ because it contains the biggest ice […]

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Dramatic consequences of climate change in Tibet – G8 must seek a credible environment policy on Tibet

The urgency of the crisis facing the world as a result of global warming on the Tibetan plateau, and China’s measures for environmental protection in Tibet, must be addressed at the G8 Summit this week, according to Kai Mueller, Executive Director of ICT-Germany. Tibet, Mueller added, would otherwise run into an ecological catastrophe. China’s President […]

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Dharamsala outlines environmental priorities in Tibet

The Tibetan Government-in-Exile has issued a report on the state of Tibetan environment Tibet 2003: State of the Environment, A Roadmap for Collaborative Development detailing what it feels are the environmental priorities for the Tibetan people. The report, released by the Environment and Development Desk of the Tibetan Department of Information and International Relations in […]

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