KATHMANDU - Nepal's Sherpa community is sending a piece of rock from Mount Everest to US President Barack Obama to underscore the impact of global warming on the Himalayas.
Environmental group World Wildlife Fund said Nepalese 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 UN General Assembly meeting as well as hold talks on climate change.
The rock was collected from the 8850metre Mount Everest by Apa Sherpa, who climbed the mountain for a record 19th time in May.
The Sherpas, mainly living in Nepal's Solukhumbhu district, home to the world's tallest peak, are known for their climbing skills. - Reuters