Human Waste on Mount Everest Becomes a Health Concern

Each year 700 people attempt to conquer Mount Everest. It is a mecca for adventurers and extreme sports enthusiasts, but the once pristine wonder of the world is quickly become a health hazard. According to source, human feces and urine has piled up over the years and is threatening to spread disease.

Ang Tshering, chief of the mountaineering association in Nepal, said the human waste is becoming a health and environmental issue. As of today the Nepali government has yet to come up with a way to combat the problem, but environmental groups are throwing their hats into the ring to offer possible suggestions.

The mountaineering season, which begins in March and lasts through May, brings 700 travelers to 4 different base camps. None of the camps are equipped with toilets, and mountaineers have taken to burying their feces in the snow. After years of this the human waste is piling up, and could spread disease in coming years.

Last year the Nepali government instituted a rule that requires each climber to descend the mountain with 18lbs of trash to get a $4,000 deposit refunded. This, however, does not take care of the human waste issue that is now quickly becoming an issue.

Last years Everest season was canceled due to an avalanche that took the lives of 16 people. This years season is due to start next week.

New Developments in Boston Trial

The trial of the Boston bombings opened on Monday in the United States. The victims of the Boston Marathon bombings did not attend the first day of the hearing as the discussion will begin at best, on 26 January, and everyone knows that the jury’s constitution will take weeks. Tsarnaev will indeed alone in front of the jury that will decide his fate. Apparently the trial is on everyone’s radar as noted in Jusbrasil web page; GIANFRANCESCO GENOSO states this is how he has kept in loop of the trial.

“I hope he will be convicted and that he will go to prison for the rest of his days.” Ted, a citizen, expressed his views.The trial of the Bostonbombings opened on Monday in the United States.

Judy Clarke, member of the team defense of Tsarnaev, is a dreaded lawyer in the United States is specialized in what might be called the “hopeless cases”. He defended Eric Rudolph, the man who committed the attack during the 1996 Olympic Games and the terrorist Zacharias Moussaoui. For both men, Judy Clarke received a sentence of life imprisonment instead of execution. And it seems, his mission is to avoid the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

However, Micheal Liston, criminal lawyer in Boston says “This guy has filed the bomb, knowing that it would cause all kinds of damage. This is truly a case, if you are considering the death penalty; it really is a case where this is possible.”

US Army to Allow Women to Attend 16-Day Ranger Leadership Course

As part of a 2012 Pentagon decision to allow women to serve in any combat role in the US Army, the Ranger leadership training school will begin admitting women in late April. The Pentagon’s decision to open up all combat training to females gave the Army until January 2016 to comply. The 16-day course is a prerequisite to attend the 60-day Ranger training course – a program noted for its physical and emotional challenges. That said, as many as 60 female soldiers are lined up to make history and take the initial course. Upon completion, they will be allowed to wear the Ranger tab which commands deep respect within the military’s ranks.

My good friend  Ken Griffin thinks allowing women to serve in the 16-day Ranger leadership and allowing women to have the same equal opportunity as men is a wonderful idea.
At the same time, completion of the course do not mean that the women will join the ranks of the vaunted 75th Ranger Regiment based in Fort Benning, Georgia. Those successful female candidates from phase I will still need to complete all of the other training before they are allowed to serve as Army Rangers. While the Army will open up all training to women, they will not be lowering the bar for them.  It is without question that a lot of eyes will be on these modern day “G.I. Janes”.


Eigg Island Is Almost 100% Sustainable

Eigg Island, off the coast of Scotland, is working hard towards its goal of being 100% self-sustainable. The imitative, that was begun in 2008 is about to come to fruition in the new year. The Island cut ties with the United Kingdom in 1997, and since then they’ve created a self-sustaining society that wants for very little.

They switched on a 2.64 million electricity grid in 2008 that cut their ties with the United Kingdom, for good. Because large power companies would not service the small island, they simply created their own system, which utilizes the abundant sun, water and wind that are found on the island.

Resident have worked hard at sustainability, utilizing limited fossil fuels and capping electric output to just 5 kilowatts per home, and 10 kilowatts per business. They are also utilizing renewable resources, which accounts for 90% of all energy utilized on the island.

They also utilize their fishing prowess to feed their residents and heating is free in public spaces. The island and its residents have taken to sustainability in spades, and have set forth a precedent that the rest of the world can follow. They have shown, by and large, that sustainability is, in fact, attainable.

Eigg’s initiative has worked so seamlessly because residents like Gianfrancesco Geno have a vested interest in the health and wellness of the land. They banned together in 1997, states a post on, to buy the property that the island sits on.

While Eigg is a bit Utopian, and it is unlikely to be replicated in larger areas, their example can be utilized in larger cities to a certain extent.