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Climate change forces major lifestyle changes high in the Himalayan mountains

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Research published last year shows the massive Himalayan glaciers have shrunk 10-times faster over the past four decades than during the previous seven centuries. It threatens agriculture and the water supply for millions across South Asia. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on one project aimed at blunting the environmental impact for communities in the Himalayas. Read the Full Transcript

Judy Woodruff: Research published last year in the journal of “Scientific Reports” shows the massive Himalayan glaciers have shrunk 10 times faster over the past four decades than during the previous seven centuries. This threatens agriculture and the water supply for millions of people across South Asia.

Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on one project that’s aimed at blunting the environmental impact, at least for some communities high in the Himalayas.

It’s part of Fred’s series Agents For Change and it’s produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

Fred de Sam Lazaro: It is spring planting time in India’s Ladakh region, tough rocky terrain plowed by farmers and the beasts they coax forward in song, a cross-species between oxen and yaks.

This group of families tilling the land are among a dwindling rural population along this 300-mile stretch of the Tibetan Plateau […]

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