Global warming’s winners: Tibetan shepherds

Lots of folks around the world are worried about the effects of global warming, but not these guys: Yes, it’s definitely getting warmer,” said Tsawang Dumi, 56, a Tibetan shepherd watching over a flock of 60 sheep and goats amid the winter snows of a Himalayan hillside. “Fewer animals died of the cold this winter.” ...

By , a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.

Lots of folks around the world are worried about the effects of global warming, but not these guys:

Lots of folks around the world are worried about the effects of global warming, but not these guys:

Yes, it’s definitely getting warmer,” said Tsawang Dumi, 56, a Tibetan shepherd watching over a flock of 60 sheep and goats amid the winter snows of a Himalayan hillside. “Fewer animals died of the cold this winter.” […]

The glacier that falls from its peak has shrunk by nine per cent in recent years. “I have heard of global warming, though I don’t really understand what it means,” said Tashi, 30, another shepherd, watching his sheep lower down the mountainside.

“But you can see there is less snow on the mountains. In the old days, all those rocks would be covered. I don’t have to take my sheep so far away from the mountain in lambing season now.” […]

The winter in Tibet has been freakishly warm, with monks this week strolling round the monasteries of Lhasa — altitude over 12,000ft — with bare arms warmed by the afternoon sun.

In Qamdo, Eastern Tibet, the mercury hit a record 71 degrees Fahrenheit on the first Friday in January.

Blake Hounshell is a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.

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