Survival using artificial glaciers

… Scientist, engineer and teacher Sonam Wangchuk, born in the northern, arid highland region of Ladakh located in India, is proposing the building of “artificial glacial ice towers” that will help locals adapt to these unpredictable changes brought on by a warming climate.

Built using vertically placed pipes that shoot out glacial meltwater during the spring, which will be frozen into ice towers, these so-called “ice stupas” (a stupa is a mound-like structure to house relics and for meditation in the Buddhist tradition) will be an adaptation measure to help farmers facing acute water scarcity.  Wangchuk, who won the 2016 Rolex Award for Enterprise in Environment.

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