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Could Glacier Research Help Thaw Himalayan Standoff?

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Science  13 Nov 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5955, pp. 925
DOI: 10.1126/science.326.5955.925-a

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On climate change policy, India and China are on the same page: They oppose mandatory carbon emissions reductions. But they don't see eye to eye on the Himalayas. Both countries claim a swath of the mountains as their own, a dispute that sparked a brief war in 1962. Because of lingering tensions, a diplomatic initiative to get Chinese and Indian scientists working together on glaciers has quietly been put on ice.