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The Himalayan Glaciers and Asia's Looming Water Crisis

Main Rongbuk Glacier, Mount Everest, 2007. 

The Himalaya is home to some of the world's most magnificent peaks and largest glaciers, which supply crucial seasonal flows to rivers across Asia. Yet they are disappearing at an alarming rate. The Asia Society Museum and Glacier Research Imaging Project present recent photographs of these "water towers of Asia" by mountaineer and photographer David Breashears alongside archival photographs taken over the past century by some of the world's greatest mountain photographers. The comparison reveals the catastrophic loss of ice during the intervening years, and provides a visual warning of the impacts to downstream communities throughout Asia that rely on waters from these mountains.


David Breashears
Filmmaker and mountaineer; Executive Director, GlacierWorks

Syed Iqbal Hasnain
Senior Visiting Fellow, The Henry L. Stimson Center

Bill McKibben
Environmentalist and writer; Founder of 350.org

Orville Schell
Arthur Ross Director, Center on US-China Relations, Asia Society

Yao Tandong
Chinese glaciologist and Director, The Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research

Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran (moderator)
Correspondent, The Economist

View the museum exhibit, then hear from leading experts on this critical issue.

6:00 - 6:30 pm
Museum exhibition on view

6:30 - 8:00 pm
Panel discussion

Please note: this event will also be a free live video webcast on www.AsiaSociety.org/Live from 6:30 to 8:00 pm ET. Online viewers are encouraged to submit their questions to [email protected].

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Event Details

Wed 14 Jul 2010
2:00pm - 4:00pm

725 Park Avenue, New York, NY

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