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Himalaya Alert

Are the world´s glaciers disappearing?
Broadcast date: Sunday 29-11-2009 12:00 - 13:00 NPO 2
Repeat: Saturday 5-12-2009 09:20 - 10:20 NPO 2

TV_2911_himalaya4.jpg For three years climate journalist Bernice Notenboom reported from the hotspots of climate change: The North Pole region and the South Pole. She went on expeditions through Siberia, Greenland and to the North Pole. She was the first Dutch woman to reach the South Pole, on skis. In 2009 she focuses on a different important area of climatological change: The Himalayas. The glaciers of this mountain range, which is home to the sources of nearly all of the big rivers in East Asia, are melting rapidly. Over 1.5 billion people depend on Himalayan melting water. The film gives an up-to-date view on a rapidly changing area: The authoritative research institute IPCC claims there will be no more snow or ice there in 40 year’s time.

Bernice NotenboomWhile climbing the Mount Everest Bernice saw the mountain lakes that are in danger of flooding because of the melting water: A phenomenon that has already wiped away several villages. She visited the local population, some monastic communities and a visit to the lama of the Khumbu valley, who blesses climbers before they go up Everest.

Himalaya Alert is dedicated to Sherpa Lhakpa Nuru who died in an avalanche during this expedition in the Khumbu ice valley. His body was found five months later. Bernice Notenboom and guide Walter Laserer barely survived this avalanche.

Director/script: Mark Verkerk
With: Bernice Notenboom, Walter Laserer, Pradeep Mol, Lama Geshe, Tshering Lhakpa Sherpa, Mingma Yanjii Sherpa
Producer: Ton Okkerse
Commissioning editor: Babeth M. VanLoo
Camera: René Heijnen, Mark Verkerk, Thomas Arnold, Walter Laserer
Sound: Ward Henselmanns
Editing: Helen Delachaux
Music: Ward Henselmanns, Bernhard Joosten, Frank Burks
Narrated by: Bernice Notenboom
With thanks to: Thomas ‘Tomsky’ Arnold, Felix Stokenhuber, ICIMOD, Tengboche Rinpoche, Ang Rita Sherpa, Mingma Sherpa, Sonam Gyaltsen Sherpa, Alton Byers, Dawa Steven Sherpa, Helen Cawley, Pennie Jackson, Aaike van Oord, Rob de Winter, Ebbert Olierook, Irene Karssiens, Rinie Jansen, Allard Zoetman.
© 2009 a coproduction of EMS FILMS and Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation