The Himalayan Glaciers and Asia's Looming Water Crisis
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.
Filmmaker and mountaineer; Executive Director, GlacierWorks
Syed Iqbal Hasnain
Senior Visiting Fellow, The Henry L. Stimson Center
Environmentalist and writer; Founder of 350.org
Arthur Ross Director, Center on US-China Relations, Asia Society
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