KATHMANDU, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Nepal's sherpa community is sending a piece of rock from Mount Everest to U.S. President Barack Obama to underscore the impact of global warming on the Himalayas.
Environmental group WWF said Prime Minister Madhav Kumar.
Nepal had promised to carry the “memento” and give it to Obama when world leaders meet in New York next week as “a symbol of the melting Himalayas in the wake of climate change”.
Heads of state will attend a U.N. General Assembly meeting as well as hold talks on climate change in New York.
The rock was collected from the 8,850 metre (29,035 feet) Mount Everest by Apa Sherpa, who climbed the mountain for a record 19th time in May.