Sherpas Voice Objections to Climate Studies

Scientists fail to include locals in research

Ryan O'Hanlon

Mount Everest Sherpas are angry with how studies of glaciers and glacial lakes have been conducted in recent years, according to a report from the BBC. If things don’t change, they threaten to no longer allow studies to be performed in the region. “The situation has become such,” said Zimba Zangbu Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, “that many Sherpas in the region do not even want to hear the words ‘climate change’ these days.” The failure to include local people in scientific research has resulted in sudden panic when the results of glacial studies finally trickle back to the community through media reports. Local leaders are also concerned that not enough attention is being paid to glacial lake outburst and that too much attention is being paid to the Imja lake, while other, more dangerous glacial lakes are being ignored.