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Mountain Barometers

The mountain regions of the Earth are like barometers – they hold critical information about the past, present and future impacts of climate change. 

Because temperature levels rise twice as fast in these regions than in other places around the world, the impacts of climate change are much more severe. This rapid change is clearly illustrated in the UNESCO exhibition “Mountains: Early Warning Systems for Climate Change” using a mix of satellite images, aerial and ground level photography, and descriptive text.

The exhibition is on display in Paris at the UNESCO headquaters until the end of November after which it will move to the Cité Universitaire de Paris in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21). The display highlights the implications of climate change on ecosystems, water resources, and livelihoods in the mountain regions around the world.

Mountains and their adjacent valleys occupy 24% of the Earth surfaces and are home to 1.2 billion people. These regions are an important source of fresh water for drinking, agriculture and hydropower. And they are a focus of GRID-Arendal’s Polar and Mountain Environments Programme which recently led a journalist training workshop on climate change adaptation in Nepal as part of the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP).

The exhibition was organized especially for UNFCCC's COP21 by UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme and the Man and the Biosphere Programme. GRID-Arendal along with other partners assisted in the design, layout, image selection, and text editing of the exhibition.

A short video about the exhibition can be seen here

Opening of the ‘Mountains: Early Warning Systems for Climate Change’ exhibition in Paris, France. 

"Tien Shan: It doesn't take much change to threaten a snow leopard." One of the panels from the 'Mountains: Early Warning Systems for Climate Change' exhibition.
Wednesday 11 Nov 2015