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Title: Biodiversity Loss
 The Himalayan region is a vast storehouse of floral and faunal diversity with a large number of endemic species. The variety of biotic and abiotic components of the region makes it an ideal hotspot for a diversity of species to live in. Presently, this natural heritage is deteriorating because of several factors like climate change, habitat loss and anthropogenic factors like hunting and poaching. The increasing demand in the global market for the natural resources of the Himalayan region like valuable medicinal plants (Aconitum heterophyllum and Saussurea costus) and animal parts (Himalayan musk deer, shahtoosh wool from Tibetan antelope Chiru) has aggravated the problem. Consequently, the region has suffered great biodiversity loss due to over-exploitation of the same resources. The critical situation of biodiversity loss can be understood by the factors affecting it. Climate change: Climate change is affecting the species...
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Title: Climate Change and Glacial retreat
Climate change refers to any long-term deviation from normal (expected) weather conditions over a period of time. Apart from natural factors like intensity of solar radiation, tectonic movements and volcanic activities, anthropogenic factors like amount of carbon emissions, change in land use and deforestation also influence climate....
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Title: Cultural change in the Himalayas
The communities living in the Himalayas have various ethnic affinities and display a variety of social systems, religions and customs. Over the centuries, the Himalayan people have witnessed invasions, migrations, political unrest and several...
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