Prelims level : Environment Pollution and Waste Management. Mains level : Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Degradation, environmental Impact Assessment. GS3M
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  • Concern over the human waste left behind by climbers on their way to the world’s highest mountain peak, Mount Everest.


  • It (human waste left by climbers on Mount Everest) has become a problem that is causing pollution and threatening to spread disease on the world’s highest peak.
  • Climbers usually dig holes in the snow for their toilet use and leave the human waste there.
  • The government had imposed new rules last year requiring each climber to bring down to the base camp 8 kg of trash, the amount it estimates a climber discards along the route. Climbing teams must leave a deposit of $4,000 which they lose if they don’t comply with the regulations
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