Tibet: Under threat from extreme climate change impacts.
Home to the largest store of fresh water outside the Arctic and Antarctic, Tibet is on the frontline of global climate change and under serious threat from China’s failed policies.
Tibet is warming TWICE AS FAST as the rest of the world. Glaciers are melting, putting millions of people downstream at risk from floods, water shortages and sea level rises, threatening coastal communities and habitats.
As temperatures rise, the permafrost layer thaws, releasing trapped methane into the atmosphere. Methane is another powerful greenhouse gas which exacerbates warming, further contributing to a climate change loop.
Threats to indigenous species and ecosystems are great as global temperatures rise and Chinese-imposed unsustainable development make it harder for them to adapt and survive.
Tibetan grasslands, one of the most important grazing ecosystems on the planet, are under unprecedented threat from climate change. Around the Yellow River, known as Machu in Tibetan, over ONE-THIRD of the grasslands have been transformed into semi-desert conditions.
Tibet holds vast stores of sought-after minerals and resources, like the Arctic. China is investing in wide scale mining across the plateau with devastating environmental and social outcomes.
MEGA-DAMS AND WATER DIVERSION PROJECTS
China is building large dams and water diversion projects on the plateau at an unprecedented rate, threatening the water security of 1.4 billion people.
REMOVING TIBET’S NOMADS
China has removed over 2 million Tibetan nomads, traditional stewards of the Tibetan Plateau, from their home on the grasslands on grounds of “enviro protection”. Tibet’s nomads have lived sustainably the the plateau’s grasslands for millennia, in harmony with this globally significant ecosystem.