'UN must take urgent climate action for Tibet'

Tibetan landscape may soon disappear

Tibetan landscape may soon disappear

In the 1980s, when very few people visited Tibet, Michael Buckley, an Australian settled in Canada, wrote the first Lonely Planet guide to the region. A regular visitor to the world's highest plateau for the past 30 years, Buckley says he has witnessed Tibet's landscape deteriorating. He recently wrote a book, Meltdown in Tibet, in which he has held China responsible for the degradation. In an interview with Anupam Chakravartty, he says China has big plans to build mega dams in Tibet and is collaborating with multinationals to extract shale oil and minerals to provide electricity and fuel to its urban centres and industries. Edited excerpts

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