Researchers Find Dangerous “Forever Chemicals” on Mount Everest

Researchers Find Dangerous “Forever Chemicals” on Mount Everest

For years, scientists have known that there is no valley low enough or river wide enough to avoid contamination by forever chemicals, but now they know for sure that there is no mountain high enough either. Researchers have found high levels of PFAS, dangerous chemicals used in the production of plastics and waterproof materials, on Mount Everest. 

Why This Matters: PFAS and other chemicals don’t just disappear over time. Instead, they collect in people and environments and can cause harm not only to those exposed first-hand but also generations later.

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Comprehensive Mt. Everest Study Draws Attention to Human-Induced Damage

Comprehensive Mt. Everest Study Draws Attention to Human-Induced Damage

As National Geographic recently reported, on Friday new findings from the most comprehensive scientific expedition to Mt. Everest (known locally as Sagarmatha and Chomolangma) in history were released in the journal One Earth. This new research, part of the 2019 National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition, sheds crucial information about how climate change […]

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“Traffic Jams” On Mount Everest Causing Concern

“Traffic Jams” On Mount Everest Causing Concern

Selfie insanity has now reached its peak — at the top of Mount Everest, with The New York Times reporting earlier this week that climbers are now “pushing and shoving” to get perfect shot from the flattest part of the summit, after waiting hours jammed in an overcrowded line on an icy, rocky ridge with a several-thousand foot drop on either side. 

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