Indian Army to Remove Mount Everest Trash

The trash removal trip will coincide with the 50th anniversary of Indian Army members' first ascent of Everest.     Photo: emifaulk/Flickr

Indian Army to Remove Mount Everest Trash

On 50th anniversary of country’s first summit

Later this month, a 34-member team of Indian Army mountaineers will scale Mount Everest to carry down more than 8,800 pounds of garbage, Time reported Wednesday.

The trip will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first Everest summit by members of the Indian Army.

This is not the first action to remove the nonbiodegradable trash and equipment that have piled up as thousands of people have made the climb over the years. The Nepalese government has required each climber to bring down eight kilograms (17.6 pounds) of trash from the mountain since April 2014. Issues of trash removal on Everest exist alongside growing concerns about the effects of human waste on the mountain.

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America’s Cup to Reduce Size of Boats

Italy's team, Luna Rossa, have threatened to withdraw due to the downsizing of boats.     Photo: Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa

America’s Cup to Reduce Size of Boats

2017 will feature smallest in race history

America’s Cup teams voted Tuesday to reduce the size of boats from 62 feet to an unprecedented 45-to-50-foot range for the 2017 race in Bermuda.

Organizers said a majority of teams favored reducing boat length to decrease the overhead cost of entry, the New York Times reported. Two major teams, Italy’s Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand—Oracle Team USA’s biggest competitors—have threatened to withdraw due to the downsizing. 

Organizers also pulled a qualifying regatta from Auckland, New Zealand, so all racing would take place in Bermuda. The move will make it difficult for Emirates Team New Zealand to secure government funding, the team said. Oracle Team USA has contested the race location, adding to the difficulties for other teams to raise sponsorship money.

The actual cost reduction is debatable, as many teams have already spent tens of millions of dollars designing their 62-foot race yachts. The boat length had already been reduced from 72 feet in the 2013 America’s Cup. 

Some fear smaller boats might have a negative impact on viewership for the 2017 America’s Cup. Red Bull has successfully applied the tactics and thrill of large catamaran racing to smaller boats, both in amateur and professional races. So the jury is still out on whether smaller boats would diminish interest.

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