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Event: Himalayan Glaciers and Asia’s Looming Water Crisis

Columbia Water Center, The Asia Society and The Economist are cosponsoring the event Himalayan Glaciers and Asia’s Looming Water Crisis, Wednesday July 14, 2010, 6:30pm at the Asia Society.

The Himalaya is home to some of the world’s most magnificent peaks and largest glaciers, which supply crucial flows to rivers across Asia. Yet many glaciers are disappearing at an alarming rate.

Hear from leading experts as they discuss their roles in raising attention to this coming climate crisis:

Bill McKibben, Environmentalist and writer; Founder of
David Breashears, Filmmaker and mountaineer; Executive Director, GlacierWorks
Syed Iqbal Hasnain, Indian glaciologist, Senior Visiting Fellow, The Henry L. Stimson Center
Orville Schell, China Scholar, Journalist
Yao Tandong, Chinese glaciologist
And moderated by Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran from The Economist.

This discussion corresponds with the opening of Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya, a new photography exhibit presented by the Center on U.S.-China Relations and Asia Society Museum.

Come see the exhibit – Free admission with your event ticket at 6pm on July 14!

PHOTO: Lining Up a Comparative Shot at the Main Rongbuk Glacier, Mount Everest, 2007:

David Breashears, courtesy of GlacierWorks
David Breashears, courtesy of GlacierWorks

Ticket price:

$7 Asia Society members
$9 students, seniors
$11 non-members

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This event will also be a free live video webcast on from 6:30 to 8:00 pm ET. Online viewers are encouraged to submit their questions to

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