Scientists climb Mount Makalu to raise awareness about climate change

Today’s Video of the Day is part of the Earth From Space series by the European Space Agency (ESA) and features images of Mount Makalu in the Himalayas. Swedish explorer and climate campaigner Carina Ahlqvist organized a climb up the mountain to support the ESA’s climate change initiative.

Located between Nepal and China just southeast of Mount Everest, the mountain is the fifth highest in the world. Mount Makalu is also considered to be one of the most difficult mountains to climb due to its extreme ridges and harsh environment.

Data collected on the journey led by Ahlqvist will help scientists understand the dynamics of this remote region and how these dynamics are being affected by changing climate conditions.

 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency