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10 events that need their own landfills

Oct. 29, 2009, 5:13 p.m.
The climb to Mount Everest

Photo: Zhang Ke/UPPA/ZUMA Press

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The climb to Mount Everest

Mount Everest is quickly becoming the world's highest garbage dump. According to estimates, there are nearly 120 tons of litter, not to mention 120 dead bodies on the mountain. The trash includes high-tech climbing equipment, plastics, food, tins, oxygen tanks, aluminum cans, clothes, glass, paper and tents. The Nepalese government has initiated biannual clean-up expeditions, and some ecologists have suggested giving the mountain a rest (i.e.: be closed to climbers) for a year.