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If one could write a book on it, it would be called "By the River Ganges I Sat Down and Wept." Each year, hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims travel by foot, train, car and bus to holy sites in the Himalayas, believed to be the dwelling of the god Shiva and the mountainous source of many of India's largest rivers, including the Ganges River.

Unfortunately, the rather unholy environmental impact of these pilgrimages are hastening the destruction of these once-unspoiled areas with development, pollution and waste – not to mention melting the Himalayan glaciers....

Comment: The U.S. does nearly as much to melt the Himalayan glaciers as the rest of the world combined.

Originally from TreeHugger on July 13, 2007, 12:54pm

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