Meltdown in Tibet: China's Reckless Destruction of Ecosystems from the Highlands of Tibet to the Deltas of Asia

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Title:Meltdown in Tibet: China's Reckless Destruction of Ecosystems from the Highlands of Tibet to the Deltas of Asia

ISBN:9781137279545

Author:Michael Buckley

Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan

Publish Year:2014

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Paper Back

Subject:Tibet | Tibetan History | Tibetan Politics

Language:English

Remarks:B&W and Colour Photographs and Appendix.

Pages:247

Size:152 x 228 mm

Weight(gms):290

Price:USD 9.41

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  • Tibetans have experienced waves of genocide since the 1950s. Now they are facing ecocide. The Himalayan snowcaps are in meltdown mode, due to climate change―accelerated by a rain of black soot from massive burning of coal and other fuels in both China and India. The mighty rivers of Tibet are being dammed by Chinese engineering consortium to feed the mainland's thirst for power, and the land is being relentlessly mined in search of minerals to feed China's industrial complex. On the drawing board are plans for a massive engineering project to divert water from Eastern Tibet to water-starved Northern China. Ruthless Chinese repression leaves Tibetans powerless to stop the reckless destruction of their sacred land, but they are not the only victims of this campaign: the nations downstream from Tibet rely heavily on rivers sourced in Tibet for water supply, and for rich silt used in agriculture. This destruction of the region's environment has been happening with little scrutiny until now. In Meltdown in Tibet, Michael Buckley turns the spotlight on the darkest side of China's emergence as a global super power.

    Michael Buckley

    A nomad at heart, Michael Buckley thrives on adventuring in remote corners of the globe--rappelling through the treetops of Costa Rica, hunting elusive mammals in the wilds of Bhutan (with a camera), diving with manta rays, kayaking in Cambodia, or trekking in Tibet. To get off the track, he is keen on self-propelled transport methods--mountain-biking, hiking, kayaking and diving. He is author of a dozen books, including Meltdown in Tibet (a shocking environmental expose), Eccentric Explorers (winner of Biography category, National Indie Excellence Awards, USA, 2009), Shangri-La: a Guide to the Himalayan Dream (themed around the Himalayan utopia) and Tibet: the Bradt Travel Guide. Three ebooks published as Kindle editions are Eccentric Explorers; Travels in the Tibetan World (travel narrative, winner of Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award, USA, 2003); and Beastly Encounters (tracking near-mythical creatures to their lairs). Although he travels world-wide, he is especially drawn to Southeast Asia and the Himalayan region.
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