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Nepal Cabinet Plans Everest Meeting to Warn of Climate Change བོད་སྐད།

Nepal's Cabinet is planning to hold a meeting on Mount Everest to highlight the impact of global warming on the Himalayas.

Forest Minister Deepak Bohara said Monday the meeting will take place later this month at the base camp of the world's highest mountain.

He said the event is meant to draw attention to the melting Himalayan glaciers.

Scientists say the Earth's warming temperatures are causing the glaciers to melt at an alarming rate. They warn this could cause rivers to flood and eventually dry up, depriving the region's people of a key water source.

Nepal is planning its special Cabinet meeting just a month before the United Nations opens an international conference on climate change.

During the conference in Copenhagen, negotiators from around the world will try to hammer out a new accord to fight global warming.

Last month, members of the Maldives government held an underwater Cabinet meeting to highlight the threat of rising sea levels.

The Indian Ocean archipelago is to the world's lowest-lying nation.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.